Analog versus Analogue

What is the Difference Between Analog and Analogue?


When to Use Analog

Analog can be an adjective or a noun.

As an adjective, analog describes something that can be represented using a continuously variable characteristic. In contrast, something that is digital can only be represented in discrete increments, like 1’s an 0’s.

Analog can also be a noun, where it refers to something which is like something else.

Here are some examples,

  • Archers were the ancient analog to modern day riflemen.
  • Since they fulfill the same role in the story, The Matrix’s Neo and Star Wars’s Luke Skywalker could be considered archetypical analogs.

    When to Use Analogue

    Analogue is the traditional spelling of analog. It still predominates in British English, and is also common in American English in the noun sense of the word.

    Summary

    Is it analog or analogue? Analog and analogue are spelling variants of a word that means something which is like something else as a noun, and having continuously variable qualities as an adjective.

    Analog is the American spelling.
    Analogue is the British spelling.

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