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Rail vs rale

A rail is 1.) a horizontal bar with supporting vertical posts that acts as a barrier or fence 2.) a horizontal bar affixed to a wall from which one may hang things 3.) the inside fence boundary of a racecourse 4.) a stile 5.) the tracks upon which a train runs 6.) sending something or traveling by train 7.) to complain about something loud and long or protest something loud and long 8.) a small wading bird. Rail is used as a noun or a verb, related words are rails, railed, railing, railer, … [Read more...]

Slay vs sleigh

Slay means to murder, to kill in a violent fashion. Slay may also be used informally to mean to amuse someone. Slay is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are slays, slayed, slaying, slain, slayer. Slay comes from the Old English word slean which means to strike, to slaughter. A sleigh is a conveyance on runners that slides over snow, usually pulled by horses or reindeer. Sleigh may be used as a noun or an intransitive verb, which is a verb that does not … [Read more...]

Genes vs jeans

Genes are hereditary units composed of DNA that occupy fixed places on chromosomes. Genes carry hereditary traits that are passed on from parent to child. Wilhelm Johannsen, a Danish botanist, coined the term gene to describe the fundamental unit of heredity in 1909, from the German word Gen. Genes is the plural form, the singular form is gene. Jeans are trousers that are made of heavy cotton, usually denim. Most jeans are dyed a dark blue, and are called blue jeans. Levi Strauss and Jacob … [Read more...]

Maize vs maze

Maize is corn, a tall grass that grows edible seeds on a cob. The word maize may also refer to a light yellow color. Maize was first cultivated ten thousand years ago in Mexico, in the Balsas River Valley.  The word maize comes from the Spanish word maíz, which in turn was derived from the Taíno word, mahiz. A maze is a puzzle consisting of a complex network of lines, hedges or other obstructions through which one must find the true path in order to get to the end. The term maze may be also … [Read more...]

Dissent vs descent

Dissent means to disagree with a commonly or officially held opinion, to refuse to conform with a church's orthodox beliefs. Dissent may be used as a noun or a verb, related words are dissents, dissented, dissenting, dissentingly, dissenter, dissension. The word dissent is derived from the Latin word dissentire, which means to disagree, to quarrel, to contradict. Descent means to move in a downward direction, to slope downward, to fall, to decline. Descent may also refer to a degeneration, to … [Read more...]

Mail vs male

Mail is a letter or a parcel sent by postal service. Mail may also describe the postal service, especially in the United States, the individual delivery of a batch of mail or the individual collection of a batch of mail. Mail is also used as a verb to describe sending a letter or parcel through the postal service. Related terms are mails, mailed, mailing. A second definition of the word mail is a type of flexible armor consisting of metal rings or metal plates. In addition, mail may be used in … [Read more...]

Low, lo or lowe

Lo is an exclamation or interjection that means look, see, pay attention. Lo is often rendered as a one word sentence with an exclamation point as the punctuation. Lo is also used in the phrase lo and behold, which means look, see, pay attention. Lo comes from the Old English word lā, an exclamation of surprise or joy. Low means 1.) close to the ground 2.) not high in elevation 3.) shallow 4.) of inferior quality, quantity, value 5.) lacking energy 6.) in an inferior position 7.) of a deep … [Read more...]

See vs sea

See means 1.) to perceive with the eyes 2.) to perceive an idea 3.) to witness something 4.) to perceive something in a certain fashion 5.) to profess understanding 6.) to date someone 7.) to escort someone to a specific place. Related words are sees, saw, seen, seeing. The word see is derived from the Old English word  seon which means to look, to see, to perceive, to observe. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, see is one of the top one thousand most frequently used words in the … [Read more...]

Worst vs wurst

Worst means the least skilled, the lowest quality, the most severe, the most egregious, the least pleasing, to the least extent. Worst is the superlative of bad, it may be used as an adjective, adverb, verb or noun. Worst comes from the Old English word wyrresta. A wurst is a large sausage, typically made from a German or an Austrian recipe. The word wurst comes from the Old German word wurst, derived from the word wurstiz, which is possibly derived from the word wirren, meaning … [Read more...]

Seam vs seem

A seam is the line along which two fabrics are stitched together. A seam may also describe the place where two edges of any type of material meet or a fissure or scar in the face of some type of material. Finally, a layer of coal or other ore occurring underground is also called a seam. Seam may be used as a noun or a verb, related words are seams, seamed, seaming. The word seam is derived from the Old English word, sēam. Seem means to have the appearance of a certain quality, giving an … [Read more...]

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