- The definition of analogous is something that is like something else in certain ways.
A diamond and ice are both hard, clear, and reflect light so a diamond is an example of something being analogous to ice.
analogous definition by Webster's New World
- similar or comparable in certain respects
- Biol. similar in function but not in origin and structure
Origin: Classical Latin analogus ; from Classical Greek analogos: see analogy
- analogously adverb
analogous definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Similar or alike in such a way as to permit the drawing of an analogy.
- Biology Similar in function but not in structure and evolutionary origin.
Origin: From Latin analogus, from Greek analogos, proportionate : ana-, according to; see ana- + logos, proportion; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
- a·nalˈo·gous·ly adverb
- a·nalˈo·gous·ness noun
analogous - Medical Definition
analogous - Science Definition
- Similar in function but having different evolutionary origins, as the wings of a butterfly and the wings of a bird.
- Similar in chemical properties and differing in chemical structure only with respect to one element or group.