Definitions for analogyəˈnæl ə dʒi

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. analogy(noun)

    an inference that if things agree in some respects they probably agree in others

  2. analogy(noun)

    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"

  3. doctrine of analogy, analogy(noun)

    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


  1. analogy(Noun)

    A relationship of resemblance or equivalence between two situations, people, or objects, especially when used as a basis for explanation or extrapolation.

  2. Origin: From analogia, from ἀναλογία, from ἀνά + λόγος

Webster Dictionary

  1. Analogy(noun)

    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

  2. Analogy(noun)

    a relation or correspondence in function, between organs or parts which are decidedly different

  3. Analogy(noun)

    proportion; equality of ratios

  4. Analogy(noun)

    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

  5. Origin: [L. analogia, Gr. , fr. : cf. F. analogie. See Analogous.]


  1. Analogy

    Analogy is a cognitive process of transferring information or meaning from a particular subject to another particular subject, and a linguistic expression corresponding to such a process. In a narrower sense, analogy is an inference or an argument from one particular to another particular, as opposed to deduction, induction, and abduction, where at least one of the premises or the conclusion is general. The word analogy can also refer to the relation between the source and the target themselves, which is often, though not necessarily, a similarity, as in the biological notion of analogy. Analogy plays a significant role in problem solving such as, decision making, perception, memory, creativity, emotion, explanation and communication. It lies behind basic tasks such as the identification of places, objects and people, for example, in face perception and facial recognition systems. It has been argued that analogy is "the core of cognition". Specific analogical language comprises exemplification, comparisons, metaphors, similes, allegories, and parables, but not metonymy. Phrases like and so on, and the like, as if, and the very word like also rely on an analogical understanding by the receiver of a message including them. Analogy is important not only in ordinary language and common sense but also in science, philosophy and the humanities. The concepts of association, comparison, correspondence, mathematical and morphological homology, homomorphism, iconicity, isomorphism, metaphor, resemblance, and similarity are closely related to analogy. In cognitive linguistics, the notion of conceptual metaphor may be equivalent to that of analogy.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'analogy' in Nouns Frequency: #2844

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. John Rogers:

    The analogy would be children's pop-up books.

  2. Henry David Thoreau:

    All perception of truth is the detection of an analogy.

  3. Henry David Thoreau:

    All perception of truth is the detection of an analogy we reason from our hands to our head.

  4. Jeff Shesol:

    There are very few partnerships of such a public nature. I think that the analogy is real and it's relevant.

  5. Dr Koehl:

    We can detect down to parts per billion levels, to give you an analogy that's equivalent to one drop in an Olympic size swimming pool.

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