• WordNet 3.6
    • n homonym two words are homonyms if they are pronounced or spelled the same way but have different meanings
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Homonym A word having the same sound as another, but differing from it in meaning; as the noun bear and the verb bear.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n homonym 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 homonym 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. The term is also loosely extended to include words spelled alike but pronounced differently, as bow, bend, bow, a weapon; lead, conduct, lead, a metal, etc. The words so designated may be akin or even ultimately identical in origin, as air, air, bow, bow, meet, meet. See homophone, 2, homograph, 1.
    • n homonym 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. Such a name is said to be preoccupied. In order to avoid confusion with the earlier names, all homonyms are rejected. Thus the use of Torreya by Rafinesque in 1818 as the name of a genus of plants belonging to the family Menthaceæ prevents the recognition of Torreya, published by Arnott in 1838, as a valid name for a genus of the family Taxaceæ, the latter genus consequently taking its next older name Tumion, published in 1840. Similarly Agriotherium was used by Wagner for a genus of carnivores and by Scott for a genus of ungulates; and Brachyurus was applied by Fischer to a genus of rodents and by Spix to a genus of monkeys.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Homonym hom′o-nim a word having the same sound as another, but a different meaning
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. homonyme,. See Homonymous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. homonyme—Gr. homōnymoshomos, the same, onoma, name.


In literature:

Did he attribute this homonymity to information or coincidence or intuition?
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Homonymous: pertaining to homology of parts arranged on a transverse axis similarly developed and of equal function.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Doublets and homonyms are of frequent occurrence, and the origin of some names is obscured by the well-meaning efforts of early philologists.
"The Romance of Words (4th ed.)" by Ernest Weekley
There are also reviewed 20 homonyms which commonly are confused by children of this grade.
"Lippincott's Horn-Ashbaugh Speller" by Ernest Horn
My reader will be able to find many other homonyms in the lists of names given further on.
"Shadowings" by Lafcadio Hearn
In his Biblioteca (p. 340), Retana has gathered a few of these homonyms and synonyms.
"Some notes on the bibliography of the Philippines" by Thomas Cooke Middleton
With red glass and vertically deviating prisms homonymous diplopia corrected by prism 3 deg.
"Schweigger on Squint" by C. Schweigger
Our spelling lesson for this week contains a list of most of the commonly used homonyms.
"Plain English" by Marian Wharton

In news:

Be discreet with discrete meanings of homonyms.
Be Discreet With Discrete Meanings of Homonyms.
Homonyms are words that sound alike but have different meanings and spellings.
Operation Tank NBC is in full force on 30 Rock, but it'll take more than just God Cop and Homonym to bring the Peacock down.
" It would translate as "cheep cheep," which isn't so evocative as a restaurant name but serves, homonymically at least, to describe one aspect of Mr Pio Pio, a chicken-specialty eatery on Albany's ...

In science:

Homonymous predicates are disambiguated for word senses, and related predicates (e. g. a verb and its nominalisation) are assigned to a common predicate group.
Building a resource for studying translation shifts
Conversely, two different concepts may have the same name in different fields (for instance, hybrid is commonly used to specify software hybridization, hardware hybridization or algorithmic hybridization) and such homonyms may drastically increase the number of suggested but unrelated papers.
Recommendation on Academic Networks using Direction Aware Citation Analysis
Remark 17 Notice the similarity between moves II, III, and IV and the “homonymous” moves in .
On 4-fold covering moves
ISI publications have not been found because of misspelling or different spelling of the name of the author. P¸ekalski might sometimes appear as P−kalski , but P ekalski is not so a troublesome case,- we have only found a homonym A. P¸ekalski in Delft, in engineering.
Andrzej Pekalski networks of scientific interests with internal degrees of freedom through self-citation analysis
A demon applies local random unitaries ˆUi on each Sj , which then undergo a joint evolution with the homonymous element of the ancillary register Aj .
Activating optomechanical entanglement