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- A relationship of resemblance or equivalence between two situations, people, or objects, especially when used as a basis for explanation or extrapolation.
1841, Ralph Waldo Emerson, chapter 6, in Essays: First Series:
- Yet the systole and diastole of the heart are not without their analogy in the ebb and flow of love.
1869, Charles Dickens, chapter 18, in The Uncommercial Traveller:
- Is there any analogy, in certain constitutions, between keeping an umbrella up, and keeping the spirits up?
1901, Edith Wharton, chapter 12, in The Valley of Decision:
- The old analogy likening the human mind to an imperfect mirror, which modifies the images it reflects, occurred more than once to Odo.
- 1983, "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.
relationship of resemblance or equivalence