a computer that represents data by measurable quantities, as voltages or, formerly, the rotation of gears, in order to solve a problem, rather than by expressing the data as numbers.
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Origin of analog computer
An Americanism dating back to 1945–50
Words nearby analog computer
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British Dictionary definitions for analog computer
a mechanical, electrical, or electronic computer that performs arithmetical operations by using some variable physical quantity, such as mechanical movement or voltage, to represent numbers
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