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Definition of analog

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1a : of, relating to, or being a mechanism or device in which information is represented by continuously variable physical quantities Your speakers are analog technology in all its nearly century-old glory … . As the speakers get their signals from the cables, the drivers vibrate in a continual state of flux as the changing analog signals are fed to them. The drivers are presenting an analogy of what came from the original source, even if the source started off digital, such as a CD.— Ron Goldberg
b : of or relating to an analog computer In an analog machine each number is represented by a suitable physical quantity, whose value, measured in some pre-assigned unit, is equal to the number in question.The World Treasury Of Physics
c of a timepiece : having both hour and minute hands an analog watch
d : not digital : not computerized Of course, it's possible to meet someone online, but it's just as tough as the old, analog ways.— Anita Hamilton
2 : of, relating to, or being an analogue



variant spelling of analogue entry 1

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)

Examples of analog in a Sentence

Adjective Telephone lines carry data in analog form. It receives an analog video signal and converts it to a digital signal.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Albums made from analog tapes or original master recordings are widely considered to sound better than those that incorporate digital files into the mastering process. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 23 Aug. 2022 Photography enthusiasts on your list will appreciate the dreamy, grainy, filmlike images produced by the 13-megapixel Paper Shoot, without the headache and cost of analog film. Gear Team, Wired, 22 Nov. 2021 Most are manual and analog: paintbrushes to sweep away dust, dental scrapers and air scribes to pry debris from delicate crevices, chisels and hammers to remove surrounding rock. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2022 The same is true inside, which is symmetrical and stays in line with Koenigsegg’s current design language, but the CC850 does get analog gauges instead of a digital instrument cluster. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 19 Aug. 2022 Márton Ágh’s clever production design makes a coherent if willfully illogical alternate reality out of such analog tech. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 9 July 2022 Charland then used a mix of digital and analog methods to create color prints that turn shadows into rainbows, tracing the arc of an afternoon in color., 30 June 2022 In the past hundred years, technology has changed the process of recording, editing, and engineering sounds, but the techniques of Foley have remained stubbornly analog. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 Just to confirm, these were primarily analog recording sessions, right? Jim Ryan, Forbes, 6 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of analog


1844, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for analog


from attributive use of analogue entry 1; (sense 1) after analog computer, in which physical quantities (as electrical potential or mechanical motion) are analogues of corresponding quantities in the problem to be solved

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“Analog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2022.

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