analogy
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /əˈnæləd͡ʒi/

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.
    • 1983, "[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,953636,00.html How to Write Programs]," Time, 3 Jan.:
      Perhaps the easiest way to think of it is in terms of a simple analogy: hardware is to software as a television set is to the shows that appear on it.
  2. (geometry) The proportion or the equality of ratios.
  3. (grammar) The correspondence of a word or phrase with the genius of a language, as learned from the manner in which its words and phrases are ordinarily formed; similarity of derivative or inflectional processes.
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