Advertisement

analogous (adj.)

"corresponding (to some other) in particulars," 1640s, from Latin analogus, from Greek analogos "proportionate, according to due proportion," from ana "throughout; according to" (see ana-) + logos "ratio, proportion," a specialized use (see Logos). Used with to or with.

A term is analogous whose single signification applies with equal propriety to more than one object: as, the leg of the table, the leg of the animal. [William Flemming, "The Vocabulary of Philosophy," 1858]

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of analogous from WordNet

analogous (adj.)
similar or equivalent in some respects though otherwise dissimilar;
salmon roe is marketed as analogous to caviar
brains and computers are often considered analogous
Synonyms: correspondent
analogous (adj.)
corresponding in function but not in evolutionary origin;
the wings of a bee and those of a hummingbird are analogous
From wordnet.princeton.edu