rooting, routing

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

The answer is simple: rooting, routing are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    Originally, a system of roots; a secure attachment (in something); a firm grounding.

  2. :: noun

    The process of forming roots.

  3. :: noun

    A method of creating a new plant by getting part of an existing plant to form roots.

  4. :: verb

    Present participle of root.

  1. :: noun

    a method of finding paths from origins to destinations in a network such as the Internet, along which information can be passed

  2. :: noun

    cutting a channel in a material such as wood using a router

  3. :: verb

    Present participle of route.

  4. :: verb

    Present participle of rout.

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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").