loose, luce

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

The answer is simple: loose, luce are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adjective

    Not fastened, restrained, or contained: loose bricks.

  2. :: adjective

    Not taut, fixed, or rigid: a loose anchor line; a loose chair leg.

  3. :: adjective

    Free from confinement or imprisonment; unfettered: criminals loose in the neighborhood; dogs that are loose on the streets.

  4. :: adjective

    Not tight-fitting or tightly fitted: loose shoes.

  1. :: noun

    The pike, Esox lucius, when fully grown.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 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").