miscible, missable

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

The answer is simple: miscible, missable are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adjective

    Chemistry That can be mixed in all proportions. Used of liquids.

  1. :: adjective

    Able to avoid detection.

  2. :: adjective

    Far from unmissable; not worth watching or experiencing.

  3. :: adjective

    Capable of being missed.

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").