ducked, duct

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

The answer is simple: ducked, duct are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of duck.

  1. :: noun

    An often enclosed passage or channel for conveying a substance, especially a liquid or gas.

  2. :: noun

    Anatomy A tubular bodily canal or passage, especially one for carrying a glandular secretion: a tear duct.

  3. :: noun

    A tube or pipe for enclosing electrical cables or wires.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To channel through a duct: duct the moist air away.

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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").