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Each of two or more words spelled the same but not necessarily pronounced the same and having different meanings and origins (e.g. bow and bow)See also bow
- ‘They may, however, be put off by homographs and polysemous words, such as the various uses of ‘bank’ and ‘crane’.’
- ‘Identification and explanation: The homograph ‘head’ can be interpreted as a noun meaning either chief or the anatomical head of a body.’
- ‘A number of words were tagged in the texts to separate homographs, so that ‘will’ is separated into verb and noun forms, ‘that’ into conjunctive, relative and demonstrative ones, and so on.’
- ‘Other homographs have known to cause problems even for native speakers.’
- ‘But there are huge numbers of homophones that are also homographs: pen ‘writing implement’, pen ‘enclosure for animals’, and pen ‘penitentiary’, to choose a textbook example.’
- ‘The target pool consisted of 100 homographs divided into 20 sets of 5 each.’
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