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Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Greek, early 19th century


Relating to or using signals or information represented by a continuously variable physical quantity such as spatial position, voltage, etc.


Not involving or relating to the use of computer technology, as a contrast to a digital counterpart.

Examples of Analog in a sentence

"I prefer analog methods of playing music, such as a record player."

"People born after 2000 might not even know how to read an analog clock."

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About Analog

The adjective analog is most commonly understood today when contrasted with digital. If a clock is not digital, the big and little hands mean it's analog. If email is digital communication, then sending a postcard is analog.

Did you Know?

Today's techies know analog as an adjective, but you might also see analog (or analogue) used as a noun. In that case, one thing is comparable to another. Coke is an analogue for Pepsi.

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