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Croze vs crows

Croze and crows are two words that are pronounced in the same way but have different spellings and different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine the definitions of the words croze and crows, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A croze is the groove at the end of a barrel or cask into which the head of the barrel or cask is fitted. The tool that is used for cutting this groove is also called a croze. Barrels have been used as containers for … [Read more...]

Clime vs climb

Clime and climb are two words that are pronounced in the same fashion but have different spellings as well as different meanings. They are homophones. We will look at the definitions of the words clime and climb, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Clime means a region and its climate. One may consider the word clime as a sort of abbreviation of the word climate. Most often, the plural form of clime is used, as in climes. The word clime is derived from the … [Read more...]

Clew vs clue

Clew and clue are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine the definitions of the words clew and clue, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Clew may mean the lower corner of a ship's sail, to raise or lower such a sail or the lines by which a hammock is hung. Clew also means a ball of yarn or a ball or thread, or to wind something up in a ball. Related … [Read more...]

Eaves vs eves

Eaves and eves are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will look at the definitions of the words eaves and eves, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Eaves are the lower edges of a roof, often overhanging the walls of the building. Eaves is the plural form of eave, which is rarely used except as an adjective before a noun. The word eaves is derived from the Old English … [Read more...]

Aye vs eye

Aye and eye are two words that are pronounced in the same way but have different meanings and are spelled differently. They are homophones. We will look at the definitions of the words aye and eye, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Aye is an expression of assent. Today, it is most often used as an affirmative vote or as a response when given an order on a ship, though it is still used in certain areas of Britain to simply mean yes. There are three … [Read more...]

Axis vs axes

Axis and axes are two words that are often confused, they are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and may have different meanings. They are homophones. We will look at the definitions of the words axis and axes, where these words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. An axis is an imaginary line that runs through the middle of something, a line that bisects something, an imaginary line around which a thing rotates. Axis is also used in a political sense to … [Read more...]

Knit vs nit

Knit and nit are two words that are pronounced in the same fashion but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine the difference in meaning between the words knit and nit, where these words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. Knit means to interconnect loops of thread, usually wool or cotton, in order to construct something such as a garment. Knit is also used figuratively, to mean to connect or unite disparate things together. … [Read more...]

Riposte vs repost

Riposte and repost are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine  the meanings of the words riposte and repost, where the words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Riposte means to quickly make a clever reply to a comment, or to perform an action that may be considered a quick reply to another action. Originally, riposte described a fencing move, and it still does. In … [Read more...]

Eyelet vs islet

Eyelet and islet are two words that are pronounced in the same way but have different spellings as well as different meanings. These types of words are called homophones. We will look at the meanings of the words eyelet and islet, where these words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. An eyelet is a hole that is punched in leather, plastic or fabric so that string or rope may be laced through it. The metal ring that reinforces such a hole is also called an eyelet. Eyelet is … [Read more...]

Beer vs bier

Beer and bier are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings. We will examine the meanings of the words beer and bier, where the terms come from and some examples of their use in sentences. Beer is an alcoholic beverage brewed from grain, usually malt, and flavored with hops. Beer is the third most popular beverage in the world, surpassed in popularity only by water and tea. Beer is the oldest alcoholic beverage, possibly dating back … [Read more...]

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