Bite, byte or bight

A bite is a portion that is taken away by the rasping of teeth or the wound left from the rasping of teeth. A bite may also refer to the nibbling of a fish on a lure or bait. Bite may mean a small amount to eat. Bite also functions as a verb to mean to clamp down on something with the teeth or tear something away with the teeth, or the nibbling of a fish on a lure or bait. Related words are bites, bitten, biting. Bite is also used figuratively to mean to take the bait, as well as to describe … [Read more...]

Berry vs bury

A berry is a small edible fruit that has seeds but not a stone. Berry may also refer to the kernel of a seed, or the egg of a lobster. Berry may be used as a verb, related words are berries, berried, berrying. Berry comes from the Old English word berie.  The plural of berry is berries. Bury means to place a dead body in a grave or to hide something underground, such as treasure. Bury may also used figuratively, to indicate hiding something or to disappear into deep concentration. Bury comes … [Read more...]

Bell vs belle

A bell is a hollow cup-like object, usually metal,  that rings when struck by means of a clapper on the inside of it. An electronic tone simulating the sound of a bell is also called a bell, as is an object which is shaped like a bell. Bell may be used as a verb to mean attaching a bell to an animal or object, related words are bells, belled, belling. A belle is an extremely attractive young lady or woman, or the most popular or attractive young lady or woman at a social … [Read more...]

While vs wile

While is a period of time. While may be used as a conjunction to mean during a certain period of time or on the other hand. While may also be used as a verb to mean to pass time in a pleasant way, related words are whiles, whiled, whiling. While comes from the Old English word hwile, which means a space of time. Wile means cunning, a tricky or seductive ploy. Wile is usually rendered in the plural, wiles. Wile comes from the Old English word wil, meaning stratagem, trick, sly … [Read more...]

Hair vs hare

Hair refers to the threadlike strands that grows out of the skin of humans, mammals and other animals as well as plants. Hair may refer to one strand or hair may be used as a collective noun to refer to all of the growth covering a head or other body part. Hair may be used as a noun or an adjective, it comes from the Old English word hær. A hare is a small mammal related to the rabbit. Hares have longer ears and legs than a rabbit, are larger, and make nests on top of the ground rather than … [Read more...]

Air vs heir

Air is 1.) the invisible substance that surrounds Earth, consisting of oxygen, nitrogen and other invisible gases 2.) the space above Earth, 3.) to give expression to 4.) a distinctive quality 5.) a simple tune 6.) to ventilate something. Air is one of the top one thousand frequently used words in the English language according to the Oxford English Dictionary. An heir is someone legally entitled to property or a title upon a certain person's demise. Heir may also be used figuratively to … [Read more...]

Kernel vs colonel

A kernel is the edible portion of a seed, nut or fruit that is inside a stone or shell. Kernel may also mean the essential part of something. Kernel comes from the Old English word cyrnel which means seed, pip. A colonel is a high-ranking officer in an army or air force. A colonel ranks higher than a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general. Colonel comes into the English language in the sixteenth century from the Middle French coronel, influenced by the Italian word colonnella, … [Read more...]

Grate vs great

A grate is 1.) a metal frame, especially one used to confine a fire 2.) a fireplace 3.) to shred a material by rubbing 4.) to make an annoying, rasping sound 5.) to irritate. Grate may be used as a noun or verb, related words are grates, grated, grating. Grate has been used since the fifteenth century to mean cagework across a door or window, from the Latin word cratis which means wickerwork or hurdle. In the fourteenth century, grate also came to be used to mean scrape, scratch, from the Old … [Read more...]

For, four and fore

For is a preposition that means 1.) in favor of 2.) directed to 3.) over a certain amount of time 4.) in exchange 5.) appropriate to 6.) suiting the needs of . For may also be used as a conjunction. According to Oxford English Dictionary, for is one of the top one thousand most used words in the English language and probably derives from the German word für. Four is the number after three and before five, it also is one of the top one thousand most used words in the English language, … [Read more...]

Dew, do and due

Dew is the condensation that collects on surfaces from the water vapor in the air. Dew is often associated with the morning, and the word dew is often used figuratively to mean freshness, youth, innocence. Dew is primarily used as a noun but may also be used as a verb, related words are dews, dewed, dewing. Dewy is the adjective form. Do means to perform a task or action, to solve or work out a problem, to be adequate, to produce. Do is one of the top one thousand most frequently used words, … [Read more...]

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