- a similarity between like features of two things, on which a comparison may be based: the analogy between the heart and a pump.
- similarity or comparability: I see no analogy between your problem and mine.
- Biology. an analogous relationship.
- the process by which words or phrases are created or re-formed according to existing patterns in the language, as when shoon was re-formed as shoes, when -ize is added to nouns like winter to form verbs, or when a child says foots for feet.
- a form resulting from such a process.
- Logic. a form of reasoning in which one thing is inferred to be similar to another thing in a certain respect, on the basis of the known similarity between the things in other respects.
Origin of analogy
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1. comparison, likeness, resemblance, similitude, affinity. 2. correspondence.
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Examples from the Web for analogy
Analogy in modern times only points the way, and is immediately verified by experiment.Timaeus
Analogy was here the guide of those who speculated on this matter.The Story of the Heavens
Robert Stawell Ball
Analogy may have for its basis the quality or value of the compound attributes.
Analogy may be based solely on the number of attributes compared.
Analogy, therefore, would point to him as the instructor of his kinsman.The Violin
- agreement or similarity, esp in a certain limited number of features or details
- a comparison made to show such a similarityto draw an analogy between an atom and the solar system
- biology the relationship between analogous organs or parts
- logic maths a form of reasoning in which a similarity between two or more things is inferred from a known similarity between them in other respects
- linguistics imitation of existing models or regular patterns in the formation of words, inflections, etca child may use ``sheeps'' as the plural of ``sheep'' by analogy with ``dog'', ``dogs'', ``cat'', ``cats'', etc
C16: from Greek analogia ratio, correspondence, from analogos analogous
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Word Origin and History for analogy
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