Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something that bears an analogy to something else: Surimi is marketed as an analogue of crabmeat.
  • n. Biology An organ or structure that is similar in function to one in another kind of organism but is of dissimilar evolutionary origin.
  • n. Chemistry A structural derivative of a parent compound that often differs from it by a single element.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a device in which data are represented by continuously variable, measurable, physical quantities, such as length, width, voltage, or pressure.
  • adj. Computer Science Of or relating to an analog computer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Alternative form of analog.
  • n. Alternative form of analog.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is analogous to, or corresponds with, some other thing.
  • n. A word in one language corresponding with one in another; an analogous term.”
  • n.
  • n. An organ which is equivalent in its functions to a different organ in another species or group, or even in the same group.
  • n. A species in one genus or group having its characters parallel, one by one, with those of another group.
  • n. A species or genus in one country closely related to a species of the same genus, or a genus of the same group, in another: such species are often called representative species, and such genera, representative genera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In general, something having analogy to something else; an object having some agreement or correspondence in relations, functions, or structure with another object.
  • n. Specifically In philology, a word corresponding with another; an analogous term.
  • n. In zoology and botany, an animal or a plant corresponding in some special and essential attributes or relations to a member of another group or region, so that it is a representative or counterpart.
  • n. In biology, an organ in one species or group having the same function as an organ of different structure and origin in another species or group.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input
  • n. something having the property of being analogous to something else

Etymologies

French, analogous, analogue, from Medieval Latin analogus, from Greek analogos, proportionate; see analogous.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Food products, derived from plants such as soybeans or wheat, which are made to taste like and resemble meat or dairy products. John Harvey Kellogg was a pioneer in the production and promotion of meat analogues.

    November 26, 2008