Definition of analog in English:

analog

Syllabification: an·a·log
Pronunciation: /ˈanlˌôg, -ˌäg
 
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(also analogue)

noun

  • 1A person or thing seen as comparable to another: the idea that the fertilized egg contains a miniature analog of every adult structure
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    • The theater photographs can be read as an analogue for both the interior of a still camera and the womb.
    • Murphy can use other preindustrial crafts (hunting, sailing, animal husbandry) as subjects and analogues for similarly well-made poems.
    • Each makes perfect sense when seen in isolation, but will nevertheless benefit from being viewed alongside its analogues, since detailed comparisons will then become possible.
  • 1.1 Chemistry A compound with a molecular structure closely similar to that of another.
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    • This produces the aldehyde analogue, methanal (acetaldehyde).
    • The presence of this molecule or closely related analogues induces the production of the purple pigment violacein.
    • Using synthetic analogs of lerisetron as molecular probes in combination with site directed mutagenesis, we have identified some of these interactions and have proposed a model of the lerisetron binding site.

adjective

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  • 1Relating to or using signals or information represented by a continuously variable physical quantity such as spatial position or voltage. Often contrasted with digital ( sense 1).
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    • Boxes are required to translate the digital binary code back to analog signals for viewing.
    • The CODEC then converts the digital FM audio signal into an analog waveform for conversion to sound.
    • For example, analogue computers represent physical quantities using ‘continuously varying’ voltages.
  • 1.1(Of a clock or watch) showing the time by means of hands rather than displayed digits.
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    • Now I watch the second hand on my analog clock swoop around with the tiniest of pauses, and I wonder how it will look after another thirty years goes by.
    • Apart from the dubious analogue stopwatch that blights the top of the dashboard, the SCP includes a fortified ECU map that allows 10 seconds of over-boost on full throttle.
    • This was the famous Philips 1500 model, made in Austria, with the piano key controls, analogue clock and top loading.

Origin

early 19th century: from French, from Greek analogon, neuter of analogos 'proportionate'.

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