analog

[ an-l-awg, -og ]
/ ˈæn lˌɔg, -ˌɒg /

noun

adjective

of or relating to a mechanism that represents data by measurement of a continuous physical variable, as voltage or pressure.

Definition for analog (2 of 2)

analogue

or an·a·log

[ an-l-awg, -og ]
/ ˈæn lˌɔg, -ˌɒg /

noun

something having analogy to something else.
Biology. an organ or part analogous to another.
Chemistry. one of a group of chemical compounds similar in structure but different in respect to elemental composition.
a food made from vegetable matter, especially soybeans, that has been processed to taste and look like another food, as meat or dairy, and is used as a substitute for it.

Origin of analogue

1820–30; < French < Greek análogon, neuter of análogos analogous; replacing earlier analogon < Greek
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British Dictionary definitions for analog (1 of 2)

analog

/ (ˈænəˌlɒɡ) /

noun

a variant spelling of analogue

usage

The spelling analog is a US variant of analogue in all its senses, and is also the generally preferred spelling in the computer industry

British Dictionary definitions for analog (2 of 2)

analogue

sometimes US analog

/ (ˈænəˌlɒɡ) /

noun

  1. a physical object or quantity, such as a pointer on a dial or a voltage, used to measure or represent another quantity
  2. (as modifier)analogue watch; analogue recording
something analogous to something else
biology an analogous part or organ
chem
  1. an organic chemical compound related to another by substitution of hydrogen atoms with alkyl groupstoluene is an analogue of benzene
  2. an organic compound that is similar in structure to another organic compoundthiols are sulphur analogues of alcohols
informal a person who is afraid of using new technological devicesCompare digital native, digital immigrant

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Science definitions for analog

analog

analogue (ănə-lôg′)

Adjective

Measuring or representing data by means of one or more physical properties that can express any value along a continuous scale. For example, the position of the hands of a clock is an analog representation of time. Compare digital.

Noun

An organ or structure that is similar in function to one in another kind of organism but is of dissimilar evolutionary origin. The wings of birds and the wings of insects are analogs.
A chemical compound that has a similar structure and similar chemical properties to those of another compound, but differs from it by a single element or group. The antibiotic amoxicillin, for example, is an analog of penicillin, differing from the latter by the addition of an amino group. Compare homologue.
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