The words rouse, rows sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do rouse, rows sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: rouse, rows are homophones of the English language.
To arouse from slumber, apathy, or depression.
To excite, as to anger or action; stir up. See Synonyms at provoke.
To become active.
Plural form of row.
Third-person singular simple present indicative form of row.
Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License and Wordnik.
Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.