noun, plural a·nal·o·gies.
- 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.
- analogous color,
- analogue clock,
- analogue recording,
- analogue-digital converter,
- analogy test,
Origin of analogy
Examples from the Web for analogy
Butler's Analogy, chiefly noted for its proof of the existence of God from the fact that there is evidence of design in Nature.The World's Best Books|Frank Parsons
Analogy proceeds on partial, induction on perfect resemblance.
Analogy of special arts — it is only the arithmetician who can speak falsely on a question of arithmetic when he chooses.
Analogy of the structure of some Volcanic Rocks with that of Glaciers.Life of Charles Darwin|G. T. (George Thomas) Bettany
Analogy of the Magnet, which holds up by attraction successive stages of iron rings.
noun plural -gies
Word Origin for analogy
1540s (perhaps early 15c.), from Old French analogie or directly from Latin analogia, from Greek analogia "proportion," from ana- "upon, according to" (see ana-) + logos "ratio," also "word, speech, reckoning" (see logos). A mathematical term used in a wider sense by Plato.
A comparison of two different things that are alike in some way (see metaphor and simile). An analogy attributed to Samuel Johnson is: “Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.”