Analogous meaning

ə-năl'ə-gəs
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.

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Similar in function but having different evolutionary origins, as the wings of a butterfly and the wings of a bird.
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Similar or alike in such a way as to permit the drawing of an analogy.
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Similar or comparable in certain respects.
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Similar in function but not in origin and structure.
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Similar or alike in such a way as to permit the drawing of an analogy.
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Similar in function but not in structure and evolutionary origin.
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Similar in chemical properties and differing in chemical structure only with respect to one element or group.
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Having analogy; corresponding to something else; bearing some resemblance or proportion;—often followed by "to".
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Similar in function but not in structure and evolutionary origin.
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Origin of analogous

  • From Latin analogus from Greek analogos proportionate ana- according to ana– logos proportion leg- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Latin analogia, from Ancient Greek αναλογία (analogía, “proportion”) + -ous. See logic.
    From Wiktionary