[syn: analogue, analog, linear]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Analogue \An"a*logue\ (?; 115), n. [F. ?, fr. Gr. ?.]
1. That which is analogous to, or corresponds with, some
The vexatious tyranny of the individual despot meets
its analogue in the insolent tyranny of the many.
2. (Philol.) A word in one language corresponding with one in
another; an analogous term; as, the Latin "pater" is the
analogue of the English "father."
3. (Nat. Hist.)
(a) An organ which is equivalent in its functions to a
different organ in another species or group, or even
in the same group; as, the gill of a fish is the
analogue of a lung in a quadruped, although the two
are not of like structural relations.
(b) A species in one genus or group having its characters
parallel, one by one, with those of another group.
(c) A species or genus in one country closely related to a
species of the same genus, or a genus of the same
group, in another: such species are often called
representative species, and such genera,
representative genera. --Dana.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: of a circuit or device having an output that is
proportional to the input; "analogue device"; "linear
amplifier" [syn: analogue, analog, linear] [ant:
n 1: something having the property of being analogous to
something else [syn: analogue, analog, parallel]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
46 Moby Thesaurus words for "analogue":
ally, alter ego, analogon, associate, brother, close copy,
close match, cognate, companion, complement, congenator, congener,
coordinate, correlate, correlative, correspondent, counterpart,
each other, equivalent, fellow, image, kindred spirit, like,
likeness, match, mate, near duplicate, obverse, one another,
parallel, pendant, picture, reciprocal, reciprocatist,
reciprocator, second self, similitude, simulacrum, sister,
soul mate, such, suchlike, tally, the like of, the likes of,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
(US: "analog") A description of a continuously
variable signal or a circuit or device designed to handle such
signals. The opposite is "discrete" or "digital".
Analogue circuits are much harder to design and analyse than
digital ones because the designer must take into account
effects such as the gain, linearity and power handling of
components, the resistance, capacitance and inductance of PCB
tracks, wires and connectors, interference between signals,
power supply stability and more. A digital circuit design,
especially for high switching speeds, must also take these
factors into account if it is to work reliably, but they are
usually less critical because most digital components will
function correctly within a range of parameters whereas such
variations will corrupt the outputs of an analogue circuit.
See also analogue computer.