Pain vs. Pane

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Pain and pane are homophones, which are words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings and origins. We will look at the definitions of pain and pane, the origins of these two words and some examples of their use in sentences.

Pain is an unpleasant sensation that is caused by injury or illness. Pain may also refer to suffering due to mental or emotional distress. Pain may also be used informally to describe someone who is annoying. Pain may be used as a noun or a verb, related words are pains, pained, paining, painful, painfully. The word pain is derived from the Latin word poena which means penalty or pain.

A pane is a sheet of glass in a window or in a door. Pane may also refer to a panel in a window or door. Lastly, pane may be used as a philatelic term that describes a sheet of stamps. The word pane is derived from the Old French word pan which means a section or piece.


The patients who thought that they had overcome the illness then feel a return of the symptoms: physical pain, breathing difficulties, sleep disturbances, fatigue and tiredness – often leading to life in a wheelchair. (Deutsche Welle)

Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar has finally opened up on the controversy surrounding his next film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) and says he is deeply hurt and pained by the charge of him being anti-national. (The International Business Times)

The man was detained at the Bourda Constabulary Outpost, Foo said, and while there he broke a louvre pane from a window and attacked the two constables. (Starbroek News)

The stamp pane includes 16 stamp images featuring existing art or photography representing the regional diversity of national parks. (The Sierra Sun Times)

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