from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having analogy; corresponding to something else; bearing some resemblance or proportion;—often followed by "to".
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having analogy; corresponding to something else; bearing some resemblance or proportion; -- often followed by to.
from The 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.
- 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. similar or equivalent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar
- adj. corresponding in function but not in evolutionary origin
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)
Latin analogia, from Ancient Greek αναλογία ("proportion") + -ous. See logic. (Wiktionary)