adjective Etymology: French similaire, from Latin similis like, similar — more at same Date: 1611 1. having characteristics in common ; strictly comparable 2. alike in substance or essentials ; corresponding <
no two animal habitats are exactly similar — W. H. Dowdeswell
3. not differing in shape but only in size or position <
similar triangles
similar polygons
similarly adverb Synonyms: similar, analogous, parallel mean closely resembling each other. similar implies the possibility of being mistaken for each other <
all the houses in the development are similar
. analogous applies to things belonging in essentially different categories but nevertheless having many similarities <
analogous political systems
. parallel suggests a marked likeness in the development of two things <
the parallel careers of two movie stars

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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