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analogue

noun an·a·logue \ ˈa-nə-ˌlȯg , -ˌläg \
variants: or analog
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of analogue

1 :something that is analogous or similar to something else
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)

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Examples of analogue in a Sentence

  1. a modern analog to what happened before

  2. the synthetic analog of a chemical found in a tropical tree

  3. a meat analogue such as tofu

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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).

Origin and Etymology of analogue

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


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analogue

an·a·logue

Definition of analogue

  • chiefly British spelling of

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ANALOGUE Defined for English Language Learners

analogue

noun

Definition of analogue for English Language Learners

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


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analogue

noun an·a·logue
variants: or analog play \ˈan-ᵊl-ˌȯg, -ˌäg\

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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