?Perfect,? ?lead? and ?bass? are three examples of homographs. Homographs are words that have the same spelling of another word, but the words have different meanings and are sometimes pronounced differently.
?Perfect,? for example, as an adjective means ?ideal? and the stress is placed on the beginning of the word to pronounce it like ?pur-fikt.? When ?perfect? is used as a verb, the definition changes from ? ideal? to ?make something flawless,? and the stress is placed at the end of the word to pronounce it like?per-fekt.? ?Lead? is both a noun and a verb. When used as a noun, its definition is ?the bluish-white metallic element with the atomic number 82? and is pronounced like ?led.? When ?lead? is used as a verb, it means ?to show the way? and is pronounced like ?leed.?
?Bass? can refer to both a type of fish or a musical instrument depending on how the word is pronounced. When it is pronounced like ?base,? its definition is ?a low-sounding musical instrument.? However, when the first part of the word sounds like ?bah? with a short vowel sound, it refers to a type of fish.
Some homographs, such as ?their,? ?they?re? and ?there? are known as homophones because they all are pronounced the same but have different meanings. ?Two,? ?too? and ?to? also are examples of homophones, along with the words ?prey? and ?pray.?