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Meaning of ANALOGY

Pronunciation:  u'nalujee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  an inference that if things agree in some respects they probably agree in others

ANALOGY is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 See Also: comparing, comparison, illation, inference



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*nal"o*gy\, n.; pl. {Analogies}. [L. analogia, Gr. ?,
fr. ?: cf. F. analogie. See {Analogous}.]
1. 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

Note: Followed by between, to, or with; as, there is an
      analogy between these objects, or one thing has an
      analogy to or with another.

Note: Analogy is very commonly used to denote similarity or
      essential resemblance; but its specific meaning is a
      similarity of relations, and in this consists the
      difference between the argument from example and that
      from analogy. In the former, we argue from the mere
      similarity of two things; in the latter, from the
      similarity of their relations. --Karslake.

2. (Biol.) A relation or correspondence in function, between
   organs or parts which are decidedly different.

3. (Geom.) Proportion; equality of ratios.

4. (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}. --Johnson.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Two anatomical structures or behavioral traits within different and unrelated organisms which perform the same functions in each organism but which did not originate from an ancestral structure or trait that the organisms' ancestors had in common. Instead, the structures or traits arose separately and then later evolved to perform the same function (or similar functions). See also convergent evolution. Compare homology.
 Definition: a process of reasoning whereby two entities that share some similarities are assumed to share many others.
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