Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1400-1500
Origin: Probably from Greek analogia, from analogos; ANALOGOUS

analogy

noun
     
a‧nal‧o‧gy plural analogies [uncountable and countable]
something that seems similar between two situations, processes etc
analogy with/to/between
analogies between human and animal behaviour
draw/make an analogy (=make a comparison)
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.

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary