cinque, sink, sync

The words cinque, sink, sync sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do cinque, sink, sync sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: cinque, sink, sync are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Games The number five in cards or dice.

  1. :: noun

    A sinkhole.

  2. :: verb-intransitive

    To descend to the bottom; submerge.

  3. :: verb-intransitive

    To fall or drop to a lower level, especially to go down slowly or in stages: The water in the lake sank several feet during the long, dry summer.

  4. :: verb-intransitive

    To subside or settle gradually, as a massive or weighty structure.

  1. :: noun

    Synchronization: "an effect like that of stereo speakers slightly out of sync” ( Time).

  2. :: noun

    Harmony; accord: in sync with today's fashions.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To synchronize.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").