two words are heteronyms if they are spelled the same way but differ in pronunciation

the word `bow' is an example of a heteronym

Hypernyms: ↑word

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  • Heteronym — may refer to: * Heteronym (linguistics), two words with identical spellings but different meanings and pronunciations * Heteronym (literature), imaginary characters created by a poetee also* onym * Capitonym * Homograph * Polysemy …   Wikipedia

  • Heteronym — Het er*o*nym, n. That which is heteronymous; a thing having a different name or designation from some other thing; opposed to homonym. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • heteronym — word having the same spelling as another but with a different sound and meaning, 1880s, also a thing s name in one language that is an exact translation of its name in another; from HETERO (Cf. hetero ) + onym name (see NAME (Cf. name)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • heteronym — [het′ər ə nim΄] n. [back form < HETERONYMOUS, modeled on SYNONYM] a word with the same spelling as another or others, but with different meaning and pronunciation (Ex.: tear, a drop of water from the eye, and tear, to rip) …   English World dictionary

  • Heteronym — Ein Heteronym (griechisch: héteros = anders, ungleich und onoma Name) hat verschiedene Bedeutungen: In der Medizin bedeutet der Begriff ungleichnamig, sich nicht entsprechend, z. B. bei anatomischer Verschiedenheit der beiden Körperhälften.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • heteronym — noun /ˈhɛt.əɹ.ə(ʊ).nɪm,ˈhɛt.ə.ɹoʊ.nɪm,ˈhɛt.ə.ɹə.nɪm/ a) A word having the same spelling as another, but a different pronunciation and meaning.<!Except cleave does not have different pronunciations: The term heteronym is particularly… …   Wiktionary

  • Heteronym (linguistics) — In linguistics, heteronyms (also known as heterophones) are words with identical spellings but different pronunciations and meanings. They may vary in vowel realisation or in stress patterns, or both. Heteronyms are a special type of homonym… …   Wikipedia

  • Heteronym (literature) — The literary concept of heteronym, invented by Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, refers to one or more imaginary character(s) created by a poet to write in different styles. Heteronyms differ from nom de plumes (or pseudonyms, from the Greek False …   Wikipedia

  • heteronym — noun Date: circa 1889 one of two or more homographs (as a bass voice and bass, a fish) that differ in pronunciation and meaning …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • heteronym — /het euhr euh nim/, n. a word spelled the same as another but having a different sound and meaning, as lead (to conduct) and lead (a metal). [1880 85; < LGk heterónymos. See HETERO , ONYM] * * * …   Universalium

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