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Wean vs ween

Wean and ween are two words that are pronounced in the same fashion but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of wean and ween, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Wean means to acclimate an animal or child to accepting food other than its mother's milk. Wean is also used figuratively to mean to acclimate someone to doing without something that they have become dependent on. … [Read more...]

Slough vs slew

Slough and slew are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of slough and slew, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A slough is an American term which means an inlet that is only sometimes filled with water or a low place on the prairie which sometimes fills with water. Slough may also mean a swamp. The word slough is derived from … [Read more...]

Turban vs turbine

Turban and turbine are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of turban and turbine, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A turban is a head covering that is a long scarf or piece of material wrapped around the head in a certain manner. Turbans are primarily worn by men. The tradition of wearing a turban is found in many areas, … [Read more...]

Overbilled vs overbuild

Overbilled and overbuild are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of overbilled and overbuild, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Overbilled is the past tense of the word overbill, which means to ask for excess payment, to ask for a greater payment than that which is due. Overbilled is a compound word, which is a word that is … [Read more...]

Tern vs turn

Tern and turn are two words that are pronounced in the same fashion but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which make them homophones. We will look at the definitions of tern and turn, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A tern is a type of seabird, related to gulls. A tern has a forked tail and usually eats seafood, though some species of tern may eat insects and even small land vertebrates. The word tern is derived from the Old Norse … [Read more...]

Raise vs rays

Raise and rays are two words that are pronounced in the same manner, but are spelled differently and have different mrniangs. They are homophones. We will examine the definitions of raise and rays, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Raise, when used as a verb, means 1.) to lift to a higher point 2.) to set in a vertical position 3.) to build a structure 4.) to increase 5.) to promote 6.)to bring to the surface 7.) to provoke, to suggest for consideration … [Read more...]

Wrath vs rath

Wrath and rath are two words that are sometimes confused. They are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of wrath and rath, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Wrath is extreme anger, rage, or fury. Wrath is a noun, related words are wrathless and wrathful. The word wrath is derived from the Old English word wræððu, which means anger. Note that … [Read more...]

Plantar vs planter

Plantar and planter are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of plantar and planter, where these words came from and some example of their use in sentences. Plantar is an anatomical term that describes something that has to do with the bottom of the foot. For instance, a plantar wart is a wart that occurs on the sole of the foot, and plantar fasciitis is a … [Read more...]

Picks, pix or pyx

Picks, pix and pyx are all words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of the words picks, pix and pyx, where these terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Picks is the plural of the word pick, which may be used as a noun to mean a choice, a selection. Pick may also refer to or a pointed tool that is used to break up hard ground, or a smaller, delicate … [Read more...]

Knot, nought, naught or not

Knot, nought, naught and not are words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of the words knot, nought, naught and not, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A knot is a method of joining pieces of rope or string together by tying. There are hundreds of methods used to tie ropes together in a knot, such as a sheepshank, clove hitch or square … [Read more...]

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