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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."

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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