• 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
    • adj similar resembling or similar; having the same or some of the same characteristics; often used in combination "suits of like design","a limited circle of like minds","members of the cat family have like dispositions","as like as two peas in a pod","doglike devotion","a dreamlike quality"
    • adj similar having the same or similar characteristics "all politicians are alike","they looked utterly alike","friends are generally alike in background and taste"
    • adj similar capable of replacing or changing places with something else; permitting mutual substitution without loss of function or suitability "interchangeable electric outlets" "interchangeable parts"
    • adj similar marked by correspondence or resemblance "similar food at similar prices","problems similar to mine","they wore similar coats"
    • adj similar (of words) expressing closely related meanings
    • ***

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
    • Similar Exactly corresponding; resembling in all respects; precisely like.
    • Similar Homogenous; uniform.
    • Similar Nearly corresponding; resembling in many respects; somewhat like; having a general likeness.
    • n Similar That which is similar to, or resembles, something else, as in quality, form, etc.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The shark cornea has been used in eye surgery, since its cornea is similar to a human cornea
    • similar Having characteristics in common; like in form, appearance, size, qualities, relations, etc.; having a more or less marked resemblance to each other or one another; in some respects identical; bearing a resemblance, as to something implied or specified: as, the general features of the two landscapes are similar; the plans are similar.
    • similar Homogeneous; of like structure or character throughout.
    • similar In geometry, of the same shape: said of two figures which have all their corresponding angles equal, whence it will follow, for ordinary Euclidean space, that all their corresponding lengths will be proportional, that their corresponding areas will be in the duplicate ratio of their lengths, and that their corresponding volumes will be in the triplicate ratio of their lengths. In the non-Euclidean systems of geometry these consequences are falsified, so that there are no similar figures.
    • similar In biology, alike in some respects; identical to some extent. Specifically— Having the like structure; of common origin; homologous (which see)
    • similar In music, in the same direction: said of the rising and falling of two voice-parts.
    • n similar That which is similar; that which resembles something else in form, appearance, quality, etc.; in the plural, things resembling one another.
    • n similar The homeopathic principle of administering drugs. See similia.
    • similar In the theory of aggregates, similarly arranged; coupled by a one-one relation.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hedgehogs have the most similar fingerprints to humans
    • adj Similar sim′i-lar like: resembling: uniform:
    • adj Similar sim′i-lar (geom.) exactly corresponding in shape, without regard to size
    • ***


  • James Baldwin
    “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
    “Equality consists in the same treatment of similar persons.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Incompatibility. In matrimony a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “All cases are unique and very similar to others.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. similaire, fr. L. similis, like, similar. See Same (a.), and cf. Simulate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. similis, like.


In literature:

The facts of a similar kind, for 1850, are added here, to indicate their present moral condition.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
In the life-history of Infusoria (so called because they swarm in most animal or vegetable infusions) similar difficulties encounter us.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
Similar variations were found by Haberda.
"The Sexual Life of the Child" by Albert Moll
A much more decisive proof of antiquity is given by the position in which this and similar gravel beds lie.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris
Why should it not be possible for something similar to happen in England also?
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
I guess from my own experience that other children have had similar fancies.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
The doors of S. Sophia are very similar.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
That unreasonable discriminations are made between localities similarly situated.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
He describes it in a manner so similar to that in which it now prevails, that no doubt can exist of the identity of the diseases.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
Britain is believed to have lost 6.6 of similar vessels.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"

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
May He, who spar'd the faithful patriarch's heir,
On Moriah's top from the up-lifted knife,
With similar indulgence kindly spare,
Yet many years, thy valuable life.
"A Letter From Sir Lewis Mansel Of Margam, In Glamorganshire, As 'Tis Suppos'd, To The Vicar Prichard" by Rees Prichard
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
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
S. B. f-Shtein
There is such love that’s similar to smoke: If it is bound – it’s intoxicating,
Receiving freedom – vanished, not awaiting…
Be like the smoke – but in young years locked.
"Two Loves" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky

In news:

He spent 90 days in jail in 2010, for a similar charge.
Late last year, I watched a team pummel Diego Maradona's team in similar fashion.
One-meal-a-day and similar rigid formulas falling prey to seniors' increasing demands for flexibility.
A similar event will be held at the Des Voix fest.
Sean Kingston may have tons of songs that sound strangely similar -- and this video is even more of a testament to that statement -- but for some reason I don't really give a snot.
Kid-friendly brussels sprouts, Chocolate pudding , Salsa recipe from Via Maria restaurant in Cypress, Brownie recipe similar to Helms Bakery in Culver City.
My friends who didn't like school at all were similarly hard to manage.
Beijing's severe treatment of Uighurs – and Tibetans, too – may be an attempt to prevent a breakup similar to that of the Soviet Union.
The rate of African Americans adopting broadband has grown to 56% from 46% at a similar point in 2009.
Similar idea, different time and place.
Two with a similar theme.
Of a bagel (or similar amount of French bread, etc.).
Green Bay Coach Mike McCarthy says Woodson's injury is similar to the one he suffered in the 2011 Super Bowl.
The training and results are similar to the group's earlier research on teaching young children colour .
It's quite unusual for them to make one right out in the open like this, usually they are in a cavity of a dead tree or something similar.

In science:

Let dafpa ( ¯b) be defined similarly allowing parameters, (d) dafn (¯b) when the union is of ≤ n convex sets; similarly is the other cases.
Classification theory for theories with NIP - a modest beginning
When radiative losses are included, as in the CO flows, we find that some pre-heated models agree with data the L − T plot and have entropy profiles very similar to those of Tozzi & Norman (2000) who make similar assumptions.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
Since a similar value, is also known to describe the powerlaw distribution of links in web pages, it is possible that a similar evolution holds for both of them.
Growing dynamics of Internet providers
The structure of the model is very similar to the worldvolume theory of the probe D-brane discussed in , so the similar computations can be applied to our model.
Properties of String Theory on Kaluza-Klein Melvin Background
Of similar approaches to similar problems we only know .
Random groups in the optical waveguides theory