What is an analogy?

 
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Definition
 

An analogy is a comparison of certain similarities between things which are otherwise unlike.

Discussion
 

In education, teachers commonly use analogies to introduce something new to students. They compare the new material to something the students already know and understand.

Example
 

Here is an example of an analogy:

 
  • A street light is like a star. Both provide light at night, both are in predictable locations, both are overhead, and both serve no function in the daytime.

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