American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Similar or alike in such a way as to permit the drawing of an analogy.
- adj. Biology Similar in function but not in structure and evolutionary origin.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In general, having analogy; corresponding (to something else) in some particular or particulars, while differing in others; bearing some resemblance or proportion: sometimes loosely used for similar. Thus, there is something in the exercise of the mind analogous to that of the body; animal organs, as the wing of a bird and that of a bat, which perform the same function, though different in structure, are analogous. See 4, below.
- Specifically In chem., closely alike, but differing in some degree as to each of the more prominent characters.
- In botany, resembling in form but not in plan of structure. Thus, the spur of a larkspur is analogous to one of the five spurs of a columbine, but they are not homologous, for the one is a sepal and the other a petal.
- In biology, similar physiologically but not anatomically; like in function but not in structure: the opposite of homologous. See analogy, 5.
- In logic, from Albertus Magnus down to modern writers, applied to terms which are homonymous or equivocal in a special way, namely, those in which the identity of sound is not accidental, but is based upon a trope or upon some other reason.
- In all senses used with to, sometimes with. Synonyms Correspondent, similar, like.
- adj. Having analogy; corresponding to something else; bearing some resemblance or proportion;—often followed by "to".
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having analogy; corresponding to something else; bearing some resemblance or proportion; -- often followed by
- adj. similar or equivalent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar
- adj. corresponding in function but not in evolutionary origin
- Latin analogia, from Ancient Greek αναλογία ("proportion") + -ous. See logic. (Wiktionary)
- From Latin analogus, from Greek analogos, proportionate : ana-, according to; see ana- + logos, proportion; see leg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“(Perhaps this in analogous to the question of whether clinical depression is simply the tail end of natural variations of being “blue”).”
“But there is no rational reason the default should be anything other than what it would be in analogous cases — the man donates his sperm for the woman to do with as she pleases.”
“If Smith had invited McMeans over for a talk and the repair man came over, and McMeans assaulted him, assuming the risk was clearly known (for example, he had a history of third parties in analogous circumstances to the point where the attack was not unexpected), I could see Smith being liable under either duty to warn or duty to police premises.”
“Once you get to a substantive compliance analysis for "cruel, inhuman, and degrading" you get the position that the substantive standard is the same as it is in analogous U.S. constitutional law.”
“It could be described as analogous to Bob Geldof or Bono running for taoiseach.”
“Other courts in analogous situations have concluded that the impossibility was factual: State v. Mitchell, 170 Mo.”
“(I'd like to frame that question in analogous/homologous terms, but I'm afraid I'd get something backwards.)”
“As a domain analogous to the domains of pragmatics, ethics, politics, etc., then, as the study of how and why we construct our personal and individual aesthetics, of whether or not there are universal principles underlying the process of construction, the field of aesthetics is not simply asking the questions "What is art?" and "What is beauty?".”
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