In electronics, we can solve a problem digitally or analoguely ?

That doesn't sound right, but surely there must be a word I can use?

Update: some definitions:

digitally: Relating to or being a service that provides information expressed in discrete numerical form.

analoguely: Relating to or being a service that provides information expressed in continuous, non-discrete form. (This is my made up definition of a word I made up).

analogously: Similar or alike in such a way as to permit the drawing of an analogy.

As you can see, the word analogously doesn't mean the opposite of digitally, it means something else.

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    I don't think that analogously is the antonym of digitally. The antonym of digital is the adjective analogue, not analogous.
    – Andrew Leach
    Apr 10 '14 at 13:49
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    @Andrew: It is used in this context though.
    – 0..
    Apr 10 '14 at 13:51
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    Your edit seems to have answered your question...
    – oerkelens
    Apr 10 '14 at 13:52
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    @ermanen - I have never seen it used in this context, nor have I been able to find it defined like this in any dictionary. Do you have a reference? Apr 10 '14 at 13:54
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    You can search analogously and digitally together. And you can search in Google Books. It is even used in electronics books.
    – 0..
    Apr 10 '14 at 14:03

Analoguely would probably be technically correct, except it's such an awkward form it's never come into usage.

One solution would be to rephrase the sentence to avoid it.

"In electronics, we can have a digital or an analogue solution for a problem."

  • How can a word be technically correct? From a consideration of morphology? So is leisurelyly a 'technically correct' adverbial form? Apr 10 '14 at 16:30
  • @Edwin: It would be leisurelily, which I'm not sure is a word (since leisurely is already an adverb as well as an adjective, there's no need to further adverbify it). We do have sillily, uglily, holily etc. And people use quantumly, even if it isn't in the dictionaries. Apr 10 '14 at 17:20
  • ... Why? Why should slyly be unique? I'm of course arguing that as there are no universal rules, the descriptor 'technically correct' is wrong. Apr 10 '14 at 22:00
  • @Edwin: it's not unique. There are also dryly, shyly, and wryly. Apr 11 '14 at 0:56
  • I thought I'd let you do the digging. Near-unique. Just the five ;-) Apr 11 '14 at 8:17

I know this is old, but nobody has come to any conclusion so I will post this.

I am Brazilian and speak Portuguese, and "analog" in Portuguese is "analógico". Now, why does it matter? it matters because we have many words that end like that, like the adjective "lógico", and most of their translations into english end in the same way as it's translation, "logical". Analog (or analogue) is an exception to that, as if it followed the pattern coming from Latin it would actually be spelled "analogical". From that we can see that the right spelling of "analoguely" would be "analogically", since it makes sense when compared to the respective form of similar words stemming from Latin, and would also look like the similar words in Portuguese when translated into english.

Please let me know if I'm wrong, and why.

  • This is a very interesting reply. Looking up the etymology of the words, I can see that analog comes from Ancient Greek: análogos, “proportionate”, while logic comes from Ancient Greek too: logikós, “of or pertaining to speech or reason or reasoning, rational, reasonable”. Well, "rational" and "proportionate" are similar in meaning, so it makes sense that these words could be connected. Mar 13 '17 at 10:06

In electronics, there are analogue solutions and there are digital solutions.


In the electronics biz, it is common to refer to electronic components that are not intended for use in computers and other digital devices as linear. In this sense the term has something of the same implication as "analog" does in "analog computer".

(Yes, someone might object that transistors are not "linear" in the strictest mathematical sense, but most uses of such components attempt to maintain a reasonably "linear" mode of operation, in that same mathematical sense.)

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