Definition of analogue in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈanəlɒɡ/
(US analog)


1Relating to or using signals or information represented by a continuously variable physical quantity such as spatial position, voltage, etc. analogue signals the information on a gramophone record is analogue 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 or a pointer 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.


1A person or thing seen as comparable to another: an interior analogue of the exterior world
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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: thioacids are sulphur analogues of oxyacids
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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.


Early 19th century (as noun): from French, from Greek analogon, neuter of analogos 'proportionate'.

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