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Meaning of ANALOGUE

Pronunciation:  'an`log

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something having the property of being analogous to something else
  2. [adj]  (electronics) of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input; "analogue device"; "linear amplifier"

ANALOGUE is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: analog, analog, linear, parallel
 Antonyms: digital
 See Also: similarity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\An"a*logue\ (?; 115), n. [F. ?, fr. Gr. ?.]
1. That which is analogous to, or corresponds with, some
   other thing.

         The vexatious tyranny of the individual despot meets
         its analogue in the insolent tyranny of the many.
                                               --I. Taylor.

2. (Philol.) A word in one language corresponding with one in
   another; an analogous term; as, the Latin ``pater'' is the
   analogue of the English ``father.''

3. (Nat. Hist.)
   (a) An organ which is equivalent in its functions to a
       different organ in another species or group, or even
       in the same group; as, the gill of a fish is the
       analogue of a lung in a quadruped, although the two
       are not of like structural relations.
   (b) A species in one genus or group having its characters
       parallel, one by one, with those of another group.
   (c) A species or genus in one country closely related to a
       species of the same genus, or a genus of the same
       group, in another: such species are often called
       representative species, and such genera,
       representative genera. --Dana.

Computing Dictionary

(US: "analog") A description of a continuously variable signal or a circuit or device designed to handle such signals. The opposite is "discrete" or "digital".

Analogue circuits are much harder to design and analyse than digital ones because the designer must take into account effects such as the gain, linearity and power handling of components, the resistance, capacitance and inductance of PCB tracks, wires and connectors, interference between signals, power supply stability and more. A digital circuit design, especially for high switching speeds, must also take these factors into account if it is to work reliably, but they are usually less critical because most digital components will function correctly within a range of parameters whereas such variations will corrupt the outputs of an analogue circuit.

See also analogue computer.

Thesaurus Terms
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