words with identical spellings but different meanings

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I know that there is a name for the category of words with identical spellings but different meanings (like bat). Can anyone tell me what that name is?
 

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sjakoby said:
I know that there is a name for the category of words with identical spellings but different meanings (like bat). Can anyone tell me what that name is?

Red is right, but I think the word you are looking for is homographs. Examples:
  • wound, wind, saw, bear

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There are also heteronyms.

produce - verb - proDUCE - pr'DUCE

produce - noun - PRODUCE

I think a "heteronym" is a specific type of "homograph" which involves a change in which part of the word is given stress. Heteronyms are often given suprafixes. This usually determines whether a word is a noun or a verb.

suprafixation

http://www.sil.org/linguistics/GlossaryOfLinguisticTerms/WhatIsASuprafix.htm

This would also have to do with adjectives and verbs, as in the following example.

perfect - adjective - PERf'ct -

perfect - verb - PERFECT

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=perfect
 

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Produce also belongs on the list. So does fine.

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