Definition of analogous in US English:

analogous

adjective

often analogous to
  • 1Comparable in certain respects, typically in a way which makes clearer the nature of the things compared.

    ‘they saw the relationship between a ruler and his subjects as analogous to that of father and children’
    • ‘While information may be analogous to facts, knowledge is what the body makes of these facts.’
    • ‘He sees the current disease-mapping race as being analogous to the activities of old world explorers.’
    • ‘This isn't exactly analogous to getting bad service at a restaurant or club.’
    • ‘The act of defining combatants is analogous to the military concept of choosing the terrain of battle.’
    • ‘In Director, the stage is analogous to the outermost or whole cinematic frame.’
    • ‘In Reader's Block Markson sets up relations that are analogous to both writing and dying.’
    • ‘This pattern seems analogous to the struggle for a viable business model for the Internet.’
    • ‘The question of democracy is in a number of respects analogous to slavery.’
    • ‘This is considerably easier if one can show that the nature of the right claimed is analogous to that of some existing easement.’
    • ‘What gets masked over is analogous to Cage's idea that what is not heard is just as important as what is heard.’
    • ‘We are already seeing video on demand, analogous to renting a video without traveling to the store.’
    • ‘The proposed system is analogous to the one used for music on the radio, where music stations can play what they like provided they pay the agreed fee.’
    • ‘Counties tend to adopt newer technologies that are analogous to the technology they move away from.’
    • ‘Using a fantasy woman to extract myself physically from the island is analogous to breaking up and finding someone new.’
    • ‘It is suggested that hazardous duties are analogous to combat situations in important respects.’
    • ‘The moral of that is if we've got a silicone system which is analogous to us in these respects we ought to treat that system as a person too.’
    • ‘Religious writers saw God as being present to the individual in a way that is analogous to the presence of light in the act of seeing.’
    • ‘This is analogous to the law relating to the fire services and quite close factually to Alexandrou v Oxford.’
    • ‘For this reason, the present situation is not analogous to the 1926 situation.’
    • ‘Paint, ink, paper and canvas are transformed by faith into something analogous to living creatures.’
    comparable, parallel, similar, like, corresponding, related, kindred, matching, cognate, equivalent, symmetrical, homologous
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    1. 1.1Biology (of structures) performing a similar function but having a different evolutionary origin, such as the wings of insects and birds.
      Often contrasted with homologous
      • ‘Some analogous alkyl nitrites, such as amyl nitrite, are known sensitizers in humans.’
      • ‘An analogous role is played by the PAM complex in mitochondria.’
      • ‘There was no homology between sequenced clones and analogous repeats in potato IGS.’
      • ‘This could involve the expression in a yeast mutant, which is defective for an analogous transport system.’
      • ‘An analogous operational definition holds for the heritability of derepressed cells.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: via Latin from Greek analogos ‘proportionate’ + -ous.

Pronunciation

analogous

/əˈnaləɡəs//əˈnæləɡəs/