Definition of Analogy in English :

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Analogy meaning in English

Meaning of Analogy in English

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1. analogy

an inference that if things agree in some respects they probably agree in others

2. analogy

drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect

Example Sentences:
'the operation of a computer presents and interesting analogy to the working of the brain'
'the models show by analogy how matter is built up'

3. analogy, doctrine of analogy

the religious belief that between creature and creator no similarity can be found so great but that the dissimilarity is always greater; any analogy between God and humans will always be inadequate

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


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noun plural -gies
agreement or similarity, esp in a certain limited number of features or details
a comparison made to show such a similarity
to draw an analogy between an atom and the solar system
3. biology
the relationship between analogous organs or parts
4. logic, mathematics
a form of reasoning in which a similarity between two or more things is inferred from a known similarity between them in other respects
5. linguistics
imitation of existing models or regular patterns in the formation of words, inflections, etc
a child may use "sheeps" as the plural of "sheep" by analogy with "dog", "dogs", "cat", "cats", etc

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nounWord forms: plural aˈnalogies
similarity in some respects between things otherwise unlike; partial resemblance
the likening of one thing to another on the basis of some similarity between the two
3.  Biology
similarity in function between parts dissimilar in origin and structure, as the wing of a bird and that of an insect
see also homology
4.  Linguistics
the process by which words, constructions, or pronunciations conform to the pattern of other, often unrelated, ones
“energize” is formed from “energy” by analogy with “apologize” from “apology”; Old English “handa” became “hands” on analogy with other plurals in -s
5.  Logic
an inference from certain admitted resemblances between two or more things to a probable further similarity between them

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of analogy
n. pl. a·nal·o·gies
a. A similarity in some respects between things that are otherwise dissimilar: sees an analogy between viral infection and the spread of ideas.
b. A comparison based on such similarity: made an analogy between love and a fever.
2. Biology Correspondence in function or position between organs of dissimilar evolutionary origin or structure.
3. A form of reasoning based on the assumption that if two things are known to be alike in some respects, then they are probably alike in other respects.
4. Linguistics The process by which words or morphemes are re-formed or created on the model of existing grammatical patterns in a language, often leading to greater regularity in paradigms, as evidenced by helped replacing holp and holpen as the past tense and past participle of help on the model of verbs such as yelp, yelped, yelped.

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