analogue

noun
an·​a·​logue | \ ˈa-nə-ˌlȯg How to pronounce analogue (audio) , -ˌläg \
variants: or

Definition of analogue

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1 : something that is similar or comparable to something else either in general or in some specific detail : something that is analogous to something else historical analogues to the current situation an aspirin analogue
2 : an organ or part similar in function to an organ or part of another animal or plant but different in structure and origin The gill of a fish is the analogue of the lung of a cat.
3 usually analog : a chemical compound that is structurally similar to another but differs slightly in composition (as in the replacement of one atom by an atom of a different element or in the presence of a particular functional group)
4 : a food product made by combining a less expensive food (such as soybeans or whitefish) with additives to give the appearance and taste of a more expensive food (such as beef or crab)

analogue

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Definition of analogue (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly British spelling of

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Noun

The word analogue entered English from French in the 19th century and ultimately traces back to the Greek word logos, meaning "ratio." (The word analogy, which has been a part of English since the 15th century, also descends from logos.) The noun analogue is sometimes spelled analog, particularly when it refers to a chemical compound that is structurally similar to another but slightly different in composition. Adding to the confusion, there is also an adjective spelled analog, which came into use in the 20th century. The adjective can refer to something that is analogous (as in an analog organ), but it is most often used to distinguish analog electronics from digital electronics (as in an analog computer or an analog clock).

Examples of analogue in a Sentence

Noun a modern analog to what happened before the synthetic analog of a chemical found in a tropical tree a meat analogue such as tofu
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun DeVillers states that if the bill does not pass, the designation will expire and all fentanyl analogues will become legal on Feb. 6. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "'We may need to build more morgues.' U.S. Attorney David DeVillers urges House to extend fentanyl order," 29 Jan. 2020 The Melee community still actively competes in local events and continues to doggedly use CRT televisions, sticking to the analogue nature of the game. Imad Khan, Washington Post, "Melee has dominated the Smash esports scene for nearly two decades. Its reign may be over.," 28 Jan. 2020 The award for best dance recording originated in 1998 after a campaign by musician Ellyn Harris to convince the traditionally analogue Academy that music made with electronic instruments was, in fact, a valid form of music. Zel Mccarthy, Billboard, "In the Dance Field, the Grammys Fail Their Own Diversity Standards," 24 Jan. 2020 But elsewhere, Koppelman has found few other analogues in professional sports. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens using volunteers to help sell tickets to ‘stay ahead of the game’ in e-commerce era," 8 Aug. 2019 The first stage is already underway, with the construction of a demonstration quantum network that will connect four cities in the Netherlands — a kind of Arpanet analogue. Quanta Magazine, "To Invent a Quantum Internet," 1 Oct. 2019 In any case, the film’s Nowak analogue is astronaut Lucy Cola (Natalie Portman) who has a mind-blowing experience during her NASA trip to outer space. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Lucy in the Sky fails to find human drama amidst cosmic spectacle," 2 Oct. 2019 But with critiques of capitalism’s distributional failures at the center of public discourse, there are also sweeping challenges to address: Namely, can the orbital economy be structured better than its terrestrial analogue? Tim Fernholz, Quartz at Work, "Can NASA develop a space economy that leaves capitalism’s problems behind?," 16 Dec. 2019 What’s more, its immediate spending requirements may be more analogue than digital. Chris Hughes | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Pep Guardiola Gets a $4.8 Billion Price Tag From Silicon Valley," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of analogue

Noun

1804, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for analogue

Noun

French analogue, from analogue analogous, from Greek analogos — see analogous

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The first known use of analogue was in 1804

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“Analogue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/analogue?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=a&file=analog08. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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analogue

noun
How to pronounce analogue (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of analogue

formal : something that is similar to something else in design, origin, use, etc. : something that is analogous to something else

analogue

noun
an·​a·​logue
variants: or analog \ ˈan-​ᵊl-​ˌȯg, -​ˌäg How to pronounce analog (audio) \

Medical Definition of analogue

1 : something that is analogous or similar to something else
2 : an organ similar in function to an organ of another animal or plant but different in structure and origin
3 usually analog : a chemical compound that is structurally similar to another but differs slightly in composition (as in the replacement of one atom by an atom of a different element or in the presence of a particular functional group)

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