e's, ease

The words e's, ease sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do e's, ease sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: e's, ease are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Plural form of e.

  1. :: noun

    The condition of being comfortable or relieved.

  2. :: noun

    Freedom from pain, worry, or agitation: Her mind was at ease knowing that the children were safe.

  3. :: noun

    Freedom from constraint or embarrassment; naturalness.

  4. :: noun

    Freedom from difficulty, hardship, or effort: rose through the ranks with apparent ease.

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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").