cubical, cubicle

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

The answer is simple: cubical, cubicle are homophones of the English language.

cubical
  1. :: adjective

    shaped like a cube

  2. :: adjective

    Of or pertaining to a <xref>cube</xref>; <xref>cubic</xref>.

  3. ::

    Cubic.

  4. ::

    Of or pertaining to a cube.

cubicle
  1. :: noun

    small room in which a monk or nun lives

  2. :: noun

    small area set off by walls for special use

  3. :: noun

    small individual study area in a library

  4. :: noun

    A small enclosure in a public <xref>toilet</xref> for individual use.

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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").