• WordNet 3.6
    • n analogy drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect "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"
    • n analogy an inference that if things agree in some respects they probably agree in others
    • n 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: St. Patrick never really drove out any snakes from Ireland. This story was an analogy of how he drove paganism out of Ireland
    • Analogy (Biol) A relation or correspondence in function, between organs or parts which are decidedly different.
    • Analogy A resemblance of relations; an agreement or likeness between things in some circumstances or effects, when the things are otherwise entirely different. Thus, learning enlightens the mind, because it is to the mind what light is to the eye, enabling it to discover things before hidden.
    • Analogy (Gram) Conformity of words to the genius, structure, or general rules of a language; similarity of origin, inflection, or principle of pronunciation, and the like, as opposed to anomaly.
    • Analogy (Geom) Proportion; equality of ratios.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n analogy In mathematics, an equation between ratios. This use is obsolete except in a few phrases, as Napier's analogies, which are four important formulas of spherical trigonometry.
    • n analogy An agreement, likeness, or proportion between the relations of things to one another; hence, often, agreement or likeness of things themselves. Analogy strictly denotes only a partial similarity, as in some special circumstances or effects predicable of two or more things in other respects essentially different: thus, when we say that learning enlightens the mind, we recognize an analogy between learning and light, the former being to the mind what the latter is to the eye, enabling it to discover things before hidden.
    • n analogy Specifically In logic, a form of reasoning in which, from the similarity of two or more things in certain particulars, their similarity in other particulars is inferred. Thus, the earth and Mars are both planets, nearly equidistant from the sun, not differing greatly in density, having similar distributions of seas and continents, alike in conditions of humidity, temperature, seasons, day and night, etc.; but the earth also supports organic life; hence Mars (probably) supports organic life—is an argument from analogy. See induction.
    • n analogy In grammar, conformity to the spirit, structure, or general rules of a language; similarity as respects any of the characteristics of a language, as derivation, inflection, spelling, pronunciation, etc.
    • n analogy In biology, resemblance without affinity; physiological or adaptive likeness between things morphologically or structurally unlike: the opposite of homology. Thus, there is an analogy between the wing of a bird and that of a butterfly, both being adapted to the same physiological purpose of flight, but there is no morphological relation between them. Analogy rests upon mere functional (that is, physiological) modifications; homology is grounded upon structural (that is, morphological) identity or unity. Analogy is the correlative of physiology, homology of morphology; but the two may be coincident, as when structures identical in morphology are used for the same purposes and are therefore physiologically identical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Analogy an-al′o-ji an agreement or correspondence in certain respects between things otherwise different—a resemblance of relations, as in the phrase, 'Knowledge is to the mind what light is to the eye:' relation in general: likeness: :
    • n Analogy an-al′o-ji (geom.) proportion or the equality of ratios
    • n Analogy an-al′o-ji (gram.) the correspondence of a word or phrase with the genius of a language, as learned from the manner in which its words and phrases are ordinarily formed: similarity of derivative or inflectional processes
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  • James T. Mccay
    James T. Mccay
    “One good analogy is worth three hours discussion.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “We know nothing of what will happen in future, but by the analogy of experience.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. analogia, Gr. , fr. : cf. F. analogie,. See Analogous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. ana, according to, and logos, ratio.


In literature:

What analogy does immortal suffering bear to the only death which is known to us?
"Coleridge's Literary Remains, Volume 4." by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The analogy, like all other analogies, would not bear being pressed.
"Pantheism, Its Story and Significance" by J. Allanson Picton
The beginning of the day served, by analogy, for the beginning of the world.
"American Hero-Myths" by Daniel G. Brinton
The Hebrew is based on roots like the Indian, which appear to have strong analogies to the Semitic family.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
Keratoma probably offers us the best analogy we have to corn of the human subject.
"Diseases of the Horse's Foot" by Harry Caulton Reeks
Its nearest analogy in literature is, perhaps, the short story, or the lyric poem.
"The Art Of The Moving Picture" by Vachel Lindsay
And an analogous story is told of an Irishman who gave his hens hot water, in order that they should lay boiled eggs!
"The Book of Noodles" by W. A. Clouston
In daily life we are constantly reasoning by analogy.
"The Making of Arguments" by J. H. Gardiner
We seem to learn best about God by analogies.
"Quiet Talks on Prayer" by S. D. (Samuel Dickey) Gordon
Let us take an analogous case.
"The Dollar Hen" by Milo M. Hastings
The master of arts was analogous to the master craftsman of a guild.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
But for the loss of Gibraltar, the position of Spain would have been closely analogous to that of England.
"The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783" by A. T. Mahan
But led by that analogy, let us deal with these words.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
This analogy is far from indicating all the difficulties involved.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
To that extent it is analogous to the physical and psychic changes which accompany the gradual filling of the bladder and precede its evacuation.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
And what analogy is there in the resurrection of the dead body of a perfect and self-existent God and that of vile man?
"The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors" by Kersey Graves
The bible itself furnishes us with suggestive analogies.
"Expositor's Bible: The Song of Solomon" by Walter Adeney
Beyond this analogy in the slight extent to which organization is carried, there is analogy in the indefiniteness of the organization.
"Illustrations of Universal Progress" by Herbert Spencer
A hasty resort to indiscriminating analogy, as in calling wage-work "slavery," does not further truth or social justice.
"The Principles of Economics" by Frank A. Fetter
The principle involved in a rule for which authority can be quoted is extended so as to cover other analogous cases.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4" by Various

In poetry:

AS I watch'd the ploughman ploughing,
Or the sower sowing in the fields—or the harvester harvesting,
I saw there too, O life and death, your analogies:
(Life, life is the tillage, and Death is the harvest according.)
"As I Watche'd The Ploughman Ploughing" by Walt Whitman

In news:

A Process Engineer Has Concerns About the Standard Split-Range Nitrogen Blanketing on a Vessel Done with a DCS PID Controller with Separate Analog Outputs to Each Valve.
Or am I a dinosaur from a more analog time.
The NY Yankee/Classical Music analogy only gets you so far.
Sliding inside the newly redesigned 2010 Ford Mustang is like slipping into the past with its chrome-rimmed analog gauges, chiseled dash and a chunky steering wheel that just feels good in your hands.
What would be the proper baseball analogy to describe Gov Deval Patrick's turn-around on the so-called "three strikes" crime bill last week.
Most hygrometers, digital and analog alike, are calibrated to a specific degree of variation, which is denoted somewhere on the device itself or on the box in which it comes.
It would be easy to take this analogy too far, but there's something almost Himalayan about West Virginia's Canaan Valley.
Office Boozing, Canned Food Perils, and Yelper Analogies: Eating and Reading.
I think a better analogy would be to compare them to the high school "in crowd" clique .
The USPS is an analog business being rapidly consumed by digitization.
In order to transition from tools to collaborators , artificial intelligence (AI) systems require the ability to store memories, and apply them to new situations via analogy.
Lewis didn't have the boat- and RV-storage business in mind when he made this analogy, but I like the way it applies to the dynamics of change within our industry.
Can make both VoIP and analog calls.
While the federal government has mandated an end to regular high power analog TV broadcasting by February 17, 2009, KXLY will continue to broadcast analog over multiple channels across our viewing area.
When used with a DSi, the software can now generate 12 simultaneous tones, 4 analog synth simulators, and two four-track drum machines — double the original's.

In science:

The comparative study between the kinematical aspects of GR and other kinds of interactions has been called analog model for gravitation or simply analog gravity .
Summary Talk on Cosmology and Gravitation: XXII Brazilian National Meeting on Particles and Fields
These types of analog models are rather important in that, e.g., they provide black hole analogs and may lead to experimental test of quantum field theory in curved space.
Summary Talk on Cosmology and Gravitation: XXII Brazilian National Meeting on Particles and Fields
The question arises: If the path integral, Eq.(6.5), is such an analog, is there a higher dimensional analog of Eq.(5.6)? The answer is ”yes”, if the dimension of space is even and ”no” if the dimension of space is odd .
From Ginzburg-Landau to Hilbert-Einstein via Yamabe
But the analog dynode signal is not available for a measurement since it is used for the trigger, so we use the EFE signal as a determination of the analog signal.
AMS02 Ecal gamma trigger performance measured at the October 2004 CERN test beam
Roughly speaking, the vector spaces associated with boundaries were thought of as analogs of state spaces of a quantum mechanical system, while the maps between these vector spaces were thought of as analogs of time evolution operators.
Two-dimensional quantum Yang-Mills theory with corners
The model yields an estimate for the extent to which isobaric analog 0+ states in light and medium mass nuclei may mix with one another and reveals possible, but still extremely weak, non-analog β -decay transitions.
Isospin symmetry breaking in an algebraic pairing Sp(4) model
It is worth mentioning that while the energies of the lowest isobaric analog 0+ states determined directly the parameters of the model interaction, a quite good reproduction of the experimental higher-lying isobaric analog 0+ state energies followed without any parameter adjustment .
Isospin symmetry breaking in an algebraic pairing Sp(4) model
By analogy with conventional field theory, as one changes scale the effective lagrangian should be controlled by a flow equation analogous to Polchinksi’s exact renormalization group equation [103].
One-loop corrections to the curvature perturbation from inflation
These arguments are on the heuristic conceptual level analogous to those given above for classical systems, although there are at present no worked out examples analogous to those described in the last section.
From Time-symmetric Microscopic Dynamics to Time-asymmetric Macroscopic Behavior: An Overview
There analogous complexes (C s(π ], ∂ s (π ]) which treats the actions of the various SM +1 ’s in an analogous way.
A homology theory for Smale spaces: a summary
To do this, one need to ask a question: what is the analog of the Cauchy formula in the case of many complex variables? Surprisingly, there are many analogs of this formula in the multivariable case.
Landau's Last Paper and its Impact on Developments in Mathematics, Physics and Other Disciplines in New Millennium
The analogy is clear with the K and ¯K , where the ¯K (analogous to D) can undergo absortion reactions ¯KN → πΛ, πΣ, while the K + (analogous to ¯D) cannot be absorbed.
Charm and hidden charm scalar mesons in the nuclear medium
This technique is in some sense analogous to the basic idea of the theory of distributions: consider a generalized function as a linear form over simple well-behaved ob jects (smooth test functions, as analogous of our finite terms).
Quantitative testing semantics for non-interleaving
In this model, data in form of time series are generated from various SCI and HK sources (i.e. analog detectors, sensors, registers) on–board the spacecraft and read by the Digital Acquisition Electronics (DAE) which samples the analog signals at discrete times.
A systematic approach to the Planck LFI end-to-end test and its application to the DPC Level 1 pipeline
In systems with many channels (more than 100), feeding one single multiplexer, proper routing of all the sensitive analog signals to the single Analog MUX becomes a formidable task since interference problems become huge.
Progetto di un detector a camera di ionizzazione per esperimenti SAXS