1. spelling different from that in current use.
  2. the use of the same letter or combination of letters to represent different sounds, as, in English, the use of s in sit and easy.


  1. the phenomenon of different letters or sequences of letters representing the same sound in different words, as for example -ight and -ite in blight and bite
  2. any writing system in which this phenomenon occurs

“incorrect spelling,” 1783; see hetero- + -graphy. Also “inconsistent but current spellings within a language” (as English, in all ages), 1847.

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