aurally, orally

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

The answer is simple: aurally, orally are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adverb

    with regard to sound or the ear

  2. :: adverb

    Pertaining to <xref>sound</xref> or the <xref>ear</xref>.

  3. ::

    By means of the ear or of audition; in an auditory manner.

  1. :: adverb

    (of drugs) through the mouth rather than through injection; by_mouth

  2. :: adverb

    by spoken rather than written means

  3. :: adverb

    Spoken as opposed to written.

  4. :: adverb

    By mouth.

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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").