analogy noun

ADJ. appropriate, apt, useful | close, obvious A close analogy with the art of singing can be made.

VERB + ANALOGY draw, make, suggest, use She drew an analogy between running the economy and a housewife's weekly budget.

ANALOGY + VERB fit, hold The Wild West analogy does not fit here.

PREP. by ~ (to/with) We can understand this theory by analogy with human beings. | ~ between She suggested an analogy between the human heart and a pump. | ~ for The computer is a useful analogy for the brain. | ~ with There is an analogy here with the way an engine works.

PHRASES argument by/from analogy Argument from analogy is not always valid.