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Definition of the noun analogy

What does analogy mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: analogies

  1. an inference that if things agree in some respects they probably agree in others
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: illation / inference = the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather than on the basis of direct observation
  2. drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity in some respect
    • examples: 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
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: comparing / comparison = the act of examining resemblances
  3. 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

Alternative definition of the noun analogy


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


Analogy was a German and Italian psychedelic rock, progressive rock band, active in the 1970s. The band was launched by the guitarist Martin Thurn when attending the European School, Varese. In 1968, Thurn founded a band called Sons of Glove. Other members were Wolfgang Schoene, Thomas Schmidt and Jutta Nienhaus. The band later renamed itself to Joice in 1970 with drummer Hermann-Jürgen Nienhaus and Mauro Rattaggi, the only Italian member of the band. During a music festival in Arona, a spontaneous collaboration happened with keyboarder Nikola Pankoff whilst playing a free interpretation of Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother". Pankoff became a band member thereafter. Finally, in 1972, after becoming a more centered progressive rock band, they decided to change their name to Analogy. Their first release was the single "Sold Out" / "God's Own Land", two songs written by Thurn. At the end of the year, Rattaggi had to join the army and left the band. Schoene changed to the bass guitar.


"Analogy": Analogy is the first studio album by the band Analogy. The album was reissued in 2004 on Akarma Records.


"Analogy" is a book by Iwona Kraska.

  • also known as "Analogy: the relation between lexicon and grammar"


  1. Analogy is a cognitive process of transferring information or meaning from a particular subject to another particular subject, or 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.
    • also known as Αναλογικός συλλογισμός, ความเหมือนกัน, ภาวะอุปมาเหมือน, การเปรียบเหมือน, ประสิทธิภาพเหมือนกัน, อุทาหรณ์, 類比
  2. Analogy: In biology, an analogy is a trait or an organ that appears similar in two unrelated organisms. The cladistic term for the same phenomenon is homoplasy, from Greek for same form. Biological analogies are often the result of convergent evolution.

Phrases with Analogy

  1. False analogy
  2. doctrine of analogy

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Analogy

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Google previewA Search for Knowledge, and Other Papers (1889)

by Alfred Naylor Pearson

A true analogy is a perfect proportion ; a false analogy is an imperfect or approximate proportion. And critical research is concerned in the sifting out of the : equals contained in the intuitjons of mankind, and the surplusage. The earliest form Of ...

Google previewPhilip Pullman's His Dark Materials (2008)

A Multiple Allegory: Attacking Religious Superstition in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Paradise Lost by Leonard F. Wheat

The second analogy is that both Iorek and Aslan are intelligent, talking animals. The third analogy is that both befriend, help, and ultimately save the lives of children. The fourth analogy is that, just as Aslan is particularly close to Lucy and ...

Google previewThe Doctrine of Transcendental Magic (2013)

by Eliphas Levi

Analogy is the key of all secrets of Nature and the sole fundamental reason of ...

Google previewEvolution (2007)

Auction Design in Markets with Complex Constraints by Donald R. Prothero

A better analogy is a monkey with a word processor, whose program (like your spell checker) automatically deletes or fixes mistakes, so that even by typing random keys, the monkey will...

Google previewHistorical and Comparative Linguistics (1989)

by Raimo Anttila

Analogy is a function of the relational aspects ofgrammar and a mental striving for simplicity oruniformity. [5.1 Proportional Analogy] The term 'analogy' is used in many senses, all having to do with some kind of regularity. The earliest linguistic ...

Google previewIntroduction to Clinical Skills (2007)

A Patient-Centered Textbook by Mark B. Mengel, Scott A. Fields

Finally, analogy refers to the existence of a similar disease. The well-known consequences of thalidomide for developing fetuses suggest that other drugs can cause major developmental problems. Like specificity, however, analogy is a weak ...

Google previewA New Way of Living

An analogy is the physical computer that processes 1s and...

An analogy is that if Mind is the software, then Knowledge is the content of the software, like the actual information or the words in a novel written with word processing software.

Google previewRisk Assessment and Decision Making in Business and Industry (2005)

A Practical Guide, Second Edition by Glenn Koller

A physical analogy is the proverbial chain made of links that may be thought of, for example, as our project. A project risk assessment is composed of variables. If one link breaks, the chain fails. In the COF scheme, if one variable fails, the ...

Google previewAn Accounting Thesaurus (2014)

500 years of accounting by Richard L. Chambers

Analogy is a sort of similarity. Similar objects agree with...

Google previewPhilosophy and Neuroscience (2013)

A Ruthlessly Reductive Account by J. Bickle

The “Earth” analogy is the case where the monkey is presented with a stimulus with a percent correlation of dots moving in a particular direction, say 90° left, and no microstimulation. The “translocated Inverted Earth” analogy is the case where ...

Google previewAdvances in Case-Based Reasoning (2006)

8th European Conference, ECCBR 2006, Fethiye, Turkey, September 4-7, 2006, Proceedings by Thomas Roth-Berghofer, Mehmet H. Göker, H. Altay Güvenir

Introduction Transformational analogy is a problem-solving technique in which a pre-selected plan, defined as a sequence of actions, is modified to solve a new problem (Carbonell, 1983). Possible modifications to the plan include removing ...

Google previewVerbum (1997)

Word and Idea in Aquinas by Bernard J. F. Lonergan, Frederick E. Crowe, Robert M. Doran, Lonergan Research Institute

The general analogy is the proportion of wood to tables and bronze to statues; but the specifically Aristotelian analogy is that natural form is to natural matter as intelligible form is to sensible matter,27 that is, as the object of insight is to the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Science, Literature, & Art (1875)

Comprising the Definitions and Derivations of the Scientific Terms in General Use, Together with the History and Descriptions of the Scientific Principles of Nearly Every Branch of Human Knowledge by William Thomas Brande, George William Cox

Analogy (Gr. &vaAoyia, the proportion of ratios). In ordinary language, denotes a relation or similarity between different things in certain respects. The conclusions to which we are led concerning one thing, by reasoning from our experience ...

Google previewA New Classical Lexicon of Biography, Mythology, and Geography, including the pronunciation of proper names supported by authorities, etc (1858)

by Thomas Swinburne CARR

Analogy,” observes Smetius, when speaking of common substantives, “is the equality of different words in reference to a similarity of derivation. Thus, inasmuch as the penultimate is long in loquëla, vinosus, alumenit is long, in like manner, ...

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. A - B. 1 by William Nicholson

_ ANALOGY, in matters of literature, a certain relation and agreement between two or more things ; which in other respects are entirely ditferent ; thus the foot of a mollutain bears an analogy to the foot of an animal, although they are two very ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia and Dictionary of Education (1921)

A Comprehensive, Practical and Authoritative Guide on All Matters Connected with Education, Including Educational Principles and Practice, Various Types of Teaching Institutions, and Educational Systems Throughout the World by Foster Watson

ANALOGY. — The term has been used in the following senses : ( 1 ) Sameness of quantitative relationship, or proportion (e.g., 1 : 2 :: 3 : 6) ; (2) sameness or similarity of qualitative relationship (e.g., " as the heavens are higher than the earth, ...

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The fact that astronomies change while the stars abide is a true analogy of every realm of human life and thought, religion not least of all. No existent theology can be a final formulation of spiritual truth. (Harry Emerson Fosdick)
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Scrabble value of A1N1A1L1O1G2Y4

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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