Analogy - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈnælədʒi|  American pronunciation of the word analogy
Brit.  |əˈnalədʒi|  British pronunciation of the word analogy

noun

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

- 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

Examples

There is a close analogy between these two phenomena.

She drew an analogy between childbirth and the creative process.

Dr Wood explained the movement of light by analogy with (=using the analogy of) the movement of water.

He drew an analogy between the brain and a vast computer.

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

...an illustrative analogy in which the relationship between God and humanity is likened to that between a shepherd and his flock...

Word forms

noun
singular: analogy
plural: analogies
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