Analogy (noun)

  1. A comparison between one thing and another, typically for the purpose of explanation or clarification.
  2. A similarity or comparison between things that are otherwise unlike.


Late 16th century: via latin from greek analogia, from analogein "consider, compare", from ana- "upon, according to" + logos "ratio, proportion".


  1. The teacher used an analogy to explain the concept of photosynthesis.
  2. The brain is often compared to a computer as an analogy for its complexity and functions.
  3. He used the analogy of a marathon runner to describe the company's strategy.
  4. The analogy between a cell and a factory was used to explain the inner workings of a cell.
  5. Her analogy of a spider web to a network was a clever way to illustrate the concept.
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