Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In general, something having analogy to something else; an object having some agreement or correspondence in relations, functions, or structure with another object.
  • noun Specifically In philology, a word corresponding with another; an analogous term.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That which is analogous to, or corresponds with, some other thing.
  • noun (Philol.) A word in one language corresponding with one in another; an analogous term.”
  • noun An organ which is equivalent in its functions to a different organ in another species or group, or even in the same group.
  • noun A species in one genus or group having its characters parallel, one by one, with those of another group.
  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Alternative form of analog.
  • noun Alternative form of analog.

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

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

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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