meeter, meter

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

The answer is simple: meeter, meter are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adjective

    comparative form of meet: more meet

  2. :: noun

    One who meets.

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To provide with a parking meter or parking meters: meter parking spaces.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To imprint with postage or other revenue stamps by means of a postage meter or similar device: metering bulk mail.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To supply in a measured or regulated amount: metered the allotted gasoline to each vehicle.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To measure with a meter: meter a flow of water.

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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").