Definition of analog in US English:


(also analogue)


  • 1Relating to or using signals or information represented by a continuously variable physical quantity such as spatial position, voltage, etc.

    Often contrasted with digital (sense 1)
    • ‘Modulation involves raising or lowering the frequency of the carrier wave in proportion to the analogue signal.’
    • ‘The CODEC then converts the digital FM audio signal into an analog waveform for conversion to sound.’
    • ‘The interface produces an input signal in response to the analog signal.’
    • ‘A detector detects a digital sample of the recorded analog signals as corresponding to one of the maximum likelihood states.’
    • ‘The so-called analog, one-channel version of television will soon be as archaic as a 1950 Studebaker.’
    • ‘ADC provides a single cable through which power, USB connectivity and both analog and digital video signals can be passed from Mac to monitor.’
    • ‘Segments of the binary number are thermometer encoded and complemented to provide signals to drive analog conversion circuitry.’
    • ‘To think that's an analog TV signal model that's going to continue the way it is now is not right.’
    • ‘Today, with the proliferation of fiber to the home and fiber to the business, the conversion of digital voice into analog signals can be handled inside the subscriber's building.’
    • ‘A digital-to-analog converter converts the digital signals into analog signals.’
    • ‘In another aspect, in a device such as a printer, an encoder system method initializes the system without converting analog signal levels into corresponding digital values.’
    • ‘I could get an analog signal but not HD, supposedly due to a software conflict.’
    • ‘For example, analogue computers represent physical quantities using ‘continuously varying’ voltages.’
    • ‘Broadcasters will be able to try to leverage retransmission consent of their analog signal to get cable operators to carry their complete digital signals.’
    • ‘The DSL signal is an analog signal in the bandwidth of 80 KHz to 1.1 MHz.’
    • ‘A D / A converter circuit that converts a digital signal to an analog signal within a short period of time.’
    • ‘The issue is that at present there is little or no way to stop people copying music into a digital format from an earlier analogue version of it.’
    • ‘Boxes are required to translate the digital binary code back to analog signals for viewing.’
    • ‘A German photographer decided to test how a high-quality inkjet print would compare with a high-quality analog print.’
    • ‘This could throw out plans by the Federal Communication Committee to switch off the analogue signal some time around 2006.’
    1. 1.1 (of a clock or watch) showing the time by means of hands rather than displayed digits.
      • ‘No buttons should be used under water and the crown of an analogue watch should not be pulled out when the watch is wet.’
      • ‘Somebody's analog watch was sounding very loudly.’
      • ‘The old electric analogue clock stopped at the moment it hit the floor, reading 8: 57 am.’
      • ‘We'll take steady progress and a genuine analogue clock instead.’
      • ‘Now I watch the second hand on my analog clock swoop around with the tiniest of pauses, and I wonder how it will look after another thirty years goes by.’
      • ‘Apart from the dubious analogue stopwatch that blights the top of the dashboard, the SCP includes a fortified ECU map that allows 10 seconds of over-boost on full throttle.’
      • ‘This was the famous Philips 1500 model, made in Austria, with the piano key controls, analogue clock and top loading.’
      • ‘What was the point of having a super-expensive analogue watch that was accurate to within half a second every twenty years, if that half a second was probably wrong?’
      • ‘They have software to turn the face into an analog clock.’
      • ‘One feature that seemed to be no more than a drain on the battery was the analog clock.’
      • ‘He'd never been very good with analog watches and it always left him with a moment of panic to see the hands in a new configuration.’
      • ‘Wincing as a sliver of pain traveled down his body, he looked over to the little analog clock set beside the desk lamp.’
      • ‘There's good advice in this thread about shoes, belts, a nice analog watch, and a good-looking bag for your stuff.’
      • ‘On the wall across his desk sits an analog clock, a bloodless white against the deep red painted background.’
      • ‘An analog clock face hung on the wall across from me.’
      • ‘It was an analog watch and it wasn't even a normal one at that.’
      • ‘He noted the white, square, analog clock that was hung from above the wall of is station.’
      • ‘He held a staff, which was adorned with a large analog clock.’
      • ‘In analog clocks, it's usually a knob that allows you to turn the hands yourself.’
      • ‘I already have a nice analog watch for dressy occasions.’
    2. 1.2 Not involving or relating to the use of computer technology, as a contrast to a digital counterpart.
      ‘old-school analog paper map skills’


  • 1A person or thing seen as comparable to another.

    ‘the idea that the fertilized egg contains a miniature analog of every adult structure’
    • ‘What you might not have expected, however, is that the words that describe these organisms are every bit the equal of their visual analogues.’
    • ‘‘By comparison to analogues on Earth, these bodies of water move around and are small and are susceptible to climate change,’ Rubin added.’
    • ‘Murphy can use other preindustrial crafts (hunting, sailing, animal husbandry) as subjects and analogues for similarly well-made poems.’
    • ‘Several of the ‘translations’ do not have even remotely similar analogues in the Lorca catalogue.’
    • ‘The theater photographs can be read as an analogue for both the interior of a still camera and the womb.’
    • ‘Those companies are not good analogues for Google.’
    • ‘According to the computer trade representatives, the state can use programme products with a free code, doing it practically free of charge or at prices that are dozens of times lower than their commercial analogues.’
    • ‘I ended up explaining to one of them that Christian philosophy had sizable origins in Neo-Platonist collisions with the Semitic tradition, and that it had incredible analogues with some aspects of Dionysian Mystery cults.’
    • ‘The module's design favorably compares with existing analogues by its universality.’
    • ‘The transformation of American parties into analogues of their ideologically driven European counterparts has the effect of mobilizing voters by philosophical affinity rather than partisan affiliation.’
    • ‘M. Ferrand survives where his English counterpart has disappeared because change has not overwhelmed him with the suddenness that it has overtaken his analogues in Britain.’
    • ‘But while all of these have pretty obvious analogues to our culture, there's a fair amount of ambiguity as to who're the villains and who're the heroes.’
    • ‘Raban suggested that analogues might be novels set in an English country home in July 1939, or amidst some Anglo Saxons, somehow unaware of the Norman, in 1065!’
    • ‘After reading of the service levels in these cafes, I was briefly inspired to seek out the cafes in Dunedin which might be our analogues - perhaps Nova Cafe in the Octagon has the most similar style and feel to a French cafe from the 1950's.’
    • ‘At one end of the spectrum are the descendants of the PC hobbyists, or their online analogues caught up within more sophisticated design strategies of the mod community in massively multiplayer online games as described by JC Herz.’
    • ‘The picture quality and the audio clarity are far better as compared with the analog.’
    • ‘It may be possible to find correspondances and analogues between various component types (semiconductor, frequency transformer, capacitor, etc) and different kinds of people.’
    • ‘Each makes perfect sense when seen in isolation, but will nevertheless benefit from being viewed alongside its analogues, since detailed comparisons will then become possible.’
    • ‘In doing so, Hoberman finds parallels between the paranoia films of the period and the Bay of Pigs, for example; and between foreign policy analogues like The Magnificent Seven and the US involvement in South Asia.’
    • ‘Where are the other religions, the corporations, the military… it is depicted solely as the Christian church with no acceptable analogues to anything else.’
    counterpart, analogue, equivalent, likeness, correspondent, match, twin, duplicate, equal, coequal, mirror
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    1. 1.1Chemistry A compound with a molecular structure closely similar to that of another.
      • ‘This produces the aldehyde analogue, methanal (acetaldehyde).’
      • ‘The presence of this molecule or closely related analogues induces the production of the purple pigment violacein.’
      • ‘Using synthetic analogs of lerisetron as molecular probes in combination with site directed mutagenesis, we have identified some of these interactions and have proposed a model of the lerisetron binding site.’
      • ‘By creating analogs of nucleotides, she and her research group made drugs that treat acute leukemia and kidney plant rejection.’
      • ‘These analogues have similar properties to pyrophosphate, but unlike pyrophosphate they are resistant to enzymatic degradation.’


Early 19th century (as noun): from French, from Greek analogon, neuter of analogos ‘proportionate’.