The words ternary, turnery sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do ternary, turnery sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: ternary, turnery are homophones of the English language.
Composed of three or arranged in threes.
Mathematics Having the base three.
Mathematics Involving three variables.
A group of three.
The work or workshop of a lathe operator.
Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.
Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.