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Meaning of analogous by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Latin analogia, from Ancient Greek αναλογία ( “proportion” ) + -ous. See logic .


    • ( US ) IPA: /əˈnæl.ə.ɡəs/ or sometimes IPA: /-ʤəs/


    analogous ( comparative more analogous, superlative most analogous )

    1. Having analogy; corresponding to something else; bearing some resemblance or proportion;—often followed by "to".


    • ( having analogy ): correspondent, like, similar, comparable, parallel

    Related terms

    • analog
    • analogic
    • analogical
    • analogue
    • analogy

    See also

    • analogous in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Explanation of analogous by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. corresponding in function but not in evolutionary origin

    2. the wings of a bee and those of a hummingbird are analogous
    3. similar or equivalent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar

    4. brains and computers are often considered analogous
      salmon roe is marketed as analogous to caviar

    Definition of analogous by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Analogous a. [L. analogous, Gr. according to a due ratio, proportionate; + ratio, proportion. See Logic.] Having analogy; corresponding to something else; bearing some resemblance or proportion; -- often followed by to.

      Analogous tendencies in arts and manners. De Quincey.

      Decay of public spirit, which may be considered analogous to natural death. J. H. Newman.

      nalogous pole ( Pyroelect. ), that pole of a crystal which becomes positively electrified when heated.

      Syn. -- Correspondent; similar; like.

      -- Analo gously, adv. -- Analogousness, n.