gate, gait

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

The answer is simple: gate, gait are homophones of the English language.

gait
  1. :: noun

    A particular way or manner of moving on foot: a person who ran with a clumsy, hobbling gait.

  2. :: noun

    Any of the ways, such as a canter, trot, or walk, by which a horse can move by lifting the feet in different order or rhythm.

  3. :: noun

    Rate or manner of proceeding: The project went forward at a steady gait.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To train (a horse) in a particular gait or gaits.

gate
  1. :: noun

    A structure that can be swung, drawn, or lowered to block an entrance or a passageway.

  2. :: noun

    An opening in a wall or fence for entrance or exit.

  3. :: noun

    The structure surrounding such an opening, such as the monumental or fortified entrance to a palace or walled city.

  4. :: noun

    A means of access: the gate to riches.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.

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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").