anal·​o·​gous | \ ə-ˈna-lə-gəs How to pronounce analogous (audio) \

Essential Meaning of analogous

formal : similar in some way I could not think of an analogous situation.

Full Definition of analogous

: similar or comparable to something else either in general or in some specific detail Timbre in music is analogous to color in painting.— Aaron Copland An airplane's joystick is somewhat analogous to the reins on a horse. : similar in a way that invites comparison : showing an analogy or a likeness that permits one to draw an analogy a town council and a government body that serves an analogous function

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Other Words from analogous

analogously adverb
analogousness noun

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similar, analogous, parallel mean closely resembling each other. similar implies the possibility of being mistaken for each other. all the houses in the development are similar analogous applies to things belonging in essentially different categories but nevertheless having many similarities. analogous political systems parallel suggests a marked likeness in the development of two things. the parallel careers of two movie stars

Examples of analogous in a Sentence

… gluons, force particles analogous to the photons of electromagnetism. — Andrew Watson, Science, 22 Jan. 1999 … great stretches of algae, analogous to terrestrial woodlands, in which kelp fills the role of trees. — William K. Stevens, New York Times, 5 Jan. 1999 … not by means superior to, though analogous with, human reason … — Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, 1859
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Recent Examples on the Web In this sense a planetary defense system could be analogous to existing national missile defense systems. Scientific American, 13 Oct. 2021 Southern California High School games in 2017 aren’t analogous to the Pac-12 slate ahead of Dye, as the weekly wear and tear will be far more intense. oregonlive, 11 Oct. 2021 The approach is analogous to the hydrocracking process in a refinery but is conducted at much lower temperatures without the requirement to add hydrogen gas or use exotic, expensive catalysts. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 The two-centimeter by two-centimeter chips that support a megalibrary are analogous to the gene chips that fueled the genomics revolution, but with more features by several orders of magnitude. Chad Mirkin, Scientific American, 9 Oct. 2021 The position is analogous to the secretary of state post in most other state governments. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 4 Oct. 2021 In physics, an analogous path was already established a century ago and turned out to be successful in many contexts. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, 26 Sep. 2021 In the hushed hallways of progressive Washington think tanks, such an allegation is analogous to treason, a betrayal of the fundamental values of independent research, analysis and policy formulation. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 That’s fairly analogous to the way labor is trying to keep pace with the changes happening in the entertainment industry. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of analogous

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for analogous

Latin analogus "proportionate" (Medieval Latin, "conforming to analogy") + -ous; analogus borrowed from Greek análogos "proportionate, conformable," parasynthetic derivative from anà lógon "proportionately," from aná "up, throughout" + lógon, accusative of lógos "word, speech, relation, correspondence, proportion" — more at ana-, legend

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The first known use of analogous was in 1646

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27 Oct 2021

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“Analogous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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anal·​o·​gous | \ ə-ˈna-lə-gəs \

Kids Definition of analogous

: showing analogy : similar


anal·​o·​gous | \ ə-ˈnal-ə-gəs How to pronounce analogous (audio) \

Medical Definition of analogous

: having similar function but a different structure and origin analogous organs

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