similarity

Definitions

  • Some Jamestown houses had leaded glazed wrought-iron window casements similar to the ones shown here. (Courtesy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.)
    Some Jamestown houses had leaded glazed wrought-iron window casements similar to the ones shown here. (Courtesy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.)
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n similarity the quality of being similar
    • n similarity a Gestalt principle of organization holding that (other things being equal) parts of a stimulus field that are similar to each other tend to be perceived as belonging together as a unit
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Childrens’ games depicted on Dutch delftware fireplace tiles are very similar to the games children play today. The tiles were made in Holland almost 300 years ago Childrens’ games depicted on Dutch delftware fireplace tiles are very similar to the games children play today. The...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Japan, the number four is considered to be unlucky because the Japanese word for four sounds very similar to the word death
    • n Similarity The quality or state of being similar; likeness; resemblance; as, a similarity of features. "Hardly is there a similarity detected between two or three facts, than men hasten to extend it to all."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The shark cornea has been used in eye surgery, since its cornea is similar to a human cornea
    • n similarity The quality or condition of being similar; likeness; perfect, partial, or general resemblance.
    • n similarity A point or respect in which things are similar.
    • n similarity Synonyms Analogy, correspondence, parity, parallelism.
    • n similarity If the ratio of the densities is varied, the ratio of the living forces of the corresponding units of volume must remain unchanged.
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Quotations

  • James Baldwin
    James%20Baldwin
    “Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.”
  • M. Scott Peck
    M. Scott Peck
    “Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.”
  • Aristotle
    Aristotle
    “Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    Ambrose%20Bierce
    “Incompatibility. In matrimony a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    T.%20S.%20Eliot
    “All cases are unique and very similar to others.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. similarité,

Usage

In literature:

In this and similar experiments, three points were noted.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
They no doubt entertained a fear that the French had cast a spell upon them, and that they would all die in a similar manner.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
These groups, or similar ones, are now to be seen in the Crystal Palace at Sydenham.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
A second separation was followed by similar demonstrations of sorrow, which, however, again yielded to time.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
The wood of these dark bands is similar to that of the true summer-wood.
"Seasoning of Wood" by Joseph B. Wagner
Similar experiments by Atwater in America, and others, support this conclusion.
"Manures and the principles of manuring" by Charles Morton Aikman
Thus there arose tree-spirits, river-spirits, and other similar extrahuman beings.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Similar questions are met in the study of coal and oil.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
Could there be a similarity of habits between the two kinds of insects?
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
It is remarkable that, in a neighboring country, we have recently seen similar effects follow from similar causes.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
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In poetry:

Now similar clouds
Are spreading their vacuous sheets.
Do you say nothing?
I am lame in the memory.
"Little Fugue" by Sylvia Plath
SECOND PRIEST.
Like the sun, our great monarch all rapture supplies,
Both similar blessings bestow;
The sun with his splendour illumines the skies,
And our monarch enlivens below.
"The Captivity" by Oliver Goldsmith
As similarity of mind,
Or something not to be defined,
First fixes our attention;
So manners decent and polite,
The same we practised at first sight,
Must save it from declension.
"Friendship" by William Cowper
A gaunt and relentless wolf, possessed
Of a quite insatiable thirst,
Once paused at a stream to drink and rest,
And found that, bound on a similar quest,
A lamb had arrived there first.
"The Inhuman Wolf And The Lamb Sans Gene" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
There is such love that’s similar to shade:
If it is day – lay by your feet – a hound,
If it is night – embraced you all around…
Be like the shade – together night and day…
"Two Loves" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky
I've been at Philadelfy's show
An' other similar fusses,
An' seen a mighty sight of stone,
Minarveys and Venusses;
An' Sikeys clad in flowers an' wings,
But not much show of factory things.
"The Deacon And His Daughter" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Is a black bear prowling through Ozaukee County similar to the one that climbed a tree in Port Washington two years ago.
France faced a similar experience 15 years ago and banned them.
Investment concerns similar to last year's – with a few twists.
All similar drugs were ordered to carry new warnings.
From the street, the completed home looks similar to the two-story gabled bungalows in the neighborhood.
It's similar for a runner on second base, and it's similar for runners on first and second.
Despite similarities, the protests in these three African countries don't symbolize a broader movement for change in Africa.
(MCT) PHILADELPHIA — Sandy, now spinning its way toward retirement, shared similarities with a legendary predecessor, the "Perfect Storm" of October 1991.
But the similarity between the two models is striking.
Is there a similar plan for the upcoming elections.
Since last October, Jim Calo has been giving Under Armour a similar boost.
Animals dying in the Spring Street Aquarium may be offering a similar warning.
Various institutions administering international commercial arbitration have reported similarly robust growth in caseload over the past several years.
The two main parties are unlike, yet so very similar.
" He went on: "We see a global warming trend that is very similar to that previously reported by the other groups.
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In science:

Here a similar figure is given in Fig. 5a which shows a similar distribution of different types of OH/IR stars.
On the difference between type E and A OH/IR stars
An A-net is an equivalence class of A-linkings modulo similarity (i.e., modulo the equivalence relation generated by similarity).
Simple free star-autonomous categories and full coherence
Duality on LA respects similarity (if f and f ′ are similar then f ∗ and f ′∗ are similar) since it acts trivially on the graph of a morphism (so re-targeting an edge from an I amounts to the same thing before and after dualising).
Simple free star-autonomous categories and full coherence
Similarly, the natural isomorphism LA(S ⊗ T , U ∗ ) ∼= LA(S, (T ⊗ U )∗ ) respects similarity, since a linking S ⊗ T → U ∗ has the same underlying directed graph as its transpose S → (T ⊗ U )∗ .
Simple free star-autonomous categories and full coherence
Finally, we show that operators with similar matrix element distributions generate similar amounts of entanglement.
Matrix Element Distribution as a Signature of Entanglement Generation
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