1) A similarity or comparability between two things.
2) Math.: A general similarity between two problems or methods. Analogy is used
to infer new theorems from existing ones. Hypotheses based on analogy must still
A form of reasoning which asserts that if two or more entities are similar
in one or more respects, then they would be similar
in other respects.
4) Biology: An analogous relationship.
5) Linguistics: The process by which a word or form is either created or
changed according to existing patterns in the language.
M.E., from O.Fr. analogie or directly from L. analogia,
from Gk. analogia "proportion," from → ana-
"upon, according to" + logos "ratio; word, speech, reckoning,"