from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of two or more words that have the same sound and often the same spelling but differ in meaning, such as bank (embankment) and bank (place where money is kept).
- n. A word used to designate several different things.
- n. A namesake.
- n. Biology A taxonomic name identical to one previously applied to a different species or genus and therefore unacceptable in its new use.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. (strict sense) A word that both sounds and is spelled the same as another word but has a different meaning.
- n. A word that sounds or is spelled the same as another word but has a different meaning, technically called a homophone (same sound) or a homograph (same spelling).
- n. A name for a taxon that is identical in spelling to another name that belongs to a different taxon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A word having the same sound as another, but differing from it in meaning; as the noun bear and the verb bear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One word used to express distinct meanings, or applied as a name to different things: as, Heteropus is a homonym of eight different genera.
- n. In philology, a word which agrees with another in sound, and perhaps in spelling, but is not the same in meaning; a homophone: as, meet, meat, and mete, or the verb bear and the noun bear.
- n. Specifically, in systematic biology, a name given to a group (usually a genus or species) at a later date than that at which the same name had been given to another group.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. two words are homonyms if they are pronounced or spelled the same way but have different meanings
The first disagreement I have with her is in her use of the term homonym, which she defines as "[a word] looking the same, but differing in meaning
Technically a homonym is both a homophone (different words that sound the same) and a homograph (different words that are spelled the same).
I learned the word homonym in grade school for words that sound the same but have different meanings.
Also, it is amusing to have this debate in a Journal called a homonym of, penumbra.
A homonym is a word which has more than one meaning;
The example is called a homonym - you know - words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have very different meanings.
In this context, homonym, which is usually defined as a ` word that is pronounced or spelled like another but having a different meaning, 'is ambiguous, if not inaccurate, for the implication is that homonyms are different words.
And Desire as a homonym, meaning the urgency to possess, achieve, prevail-he certainly had thati-which was a possible synonym for team spirit-
The difference between "homonym" and "homophone" posting discussed sound-alike words that are often mistaken for one another, despite their different meanings.
In round two, "homonym" was handled by the police team without trouble.
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