[ an-l-awg, -og ]
/ ˈæn lˌɔg, -ˌɒg /
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Definition of analog

of or relating to a mechanism, device, or technology that represents data by measurement of a continuous physical variable, as voltage or pressure.
displaying a readout by a pointer or hands on a dial rather than by numerical digits: an analog clock.
relating to or denoting an activity, process, etc., that is not online or computerized but that can also exist or happen with the help of such technology: In most ways, the grocery industry has remained stubbornly analog for the past few decades.She prefers analog dating, meeting and getting to know someone first in a real-life setting before deciding whether to pursue a personal relationship.
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Origin of analog

First recorded in 1955–60; see origin at analogue
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British Dictionary definitions for analog

/ (ˈænəˌlɒɡ) /

a variant spelling of analogue

usage for analog

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


An organ or structure similar in function to one in another species but of dissimilar evolutionary origin.
A structural derivative of a parent chemical compound that often differs from it by a single element.
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Scientific definitions for analog

analogue (ănə-lôg′)

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.
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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