crews, cruise

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

The answer is simple: crews, cruise are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of crew.

  1. :: verb-intransitive

    To sail or travel about, as for pleasure or reconnaissance.

  2. :: verb-intransitive

    To go or move along, especially in an unhurried or unconcerned fashion: "A whole cache of babies . . . cruised imperiously in their strollers, propelled by their mothers or by pairs of grandmothers” ( Anne Tyler).

  3. :: verb-intransitive

    To travel at a constant speed or at a speed providing maximum operating efficiency for a sustained period.

  4. :: verb-intransitive

    Informal To move leisurely about an area in the hope of discovering something: taxis cruising for fares.

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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").