resting , wresting

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

The answer is simple: resting , wresting are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Present participle of <xref>rest</xref>.

  2. :: adjective

    Remaining; <xref>stationary</xref>.

  3. :: adjective


  4. :: adjective

    That which rests; that which is not in action or in the process of <xref>growth</xref>.

  1. :: verb

    Present participle of <xref>wrest</xref>.

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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").