Mistake vs A - What's the difference?

mistake | a |

As a noun mistake

is an error; a blunder.

As a verb mistake

is to understand wrongly, taking one thing for another, or someone for someone else.

As a letter a is

the letter a with a tilde.




(en noun)
  • An error; a blunder.
  • * 1877 , Henry Heth, quoting , in "Causes of the Defeat of Gen. Lee's Army at the Battle of GettysburgOpinions of Leading Confederate Soldiers.", Southern Historical Society Papers (1877), editor Rev. J. WM. Jones [http://books.google.com/books?id=iDIFAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA292&dq=lee+%22mistakes+were+made%22&hl=en&ei=fchaTbu4L8L98AaVs4n-DQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=lee%20%22mistakes%20were%20made%22&f=false]
  • After it is all over, as stupid a fellow as I am can see that mistakes' were made. I notice, however, that my ' mistakes are never told me until it is too late.
  • (baseball) A pitch which was intended to be pitched in a hard to hit location, but instead ends up in an easy to hit place
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Usage notes

    * Usually make a mistake. See


  • To understand wrongly, taking one thing for another, or someone for someone else.
  • Sorry, I mistook you for my brother. You look very similar.
  • * Shakespeare
  • My father's purposes have been mistook .
  • * Johnson
  • A man may mistake the love of virtue for the practice of it.
  • To commit an unintentional error; to do or think something wrong.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • Servants mistake , and sometimes occasion misunderstanding among friends.
  • (obsolete, rare) To take or choose wrongly.
  • (Shakespeare)

    Derived terms

    * mistakeless



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) letter .


  • The first letter of the .
  • See also
    (Latn-script) *


  • (Marks the first item in a list)
  • A . Go to the store. B. Get some food. C. Return home. D. Eat.
  • A hypothetical item or person designated first when there are more than one.
  • Person A had 5 apples, and person B...
  • The hexadecimal digit for 10
  • 0x0000000A
    The value is hexadecimal A 0, or decimal 160.
  • A standard size of dry cell battery slightly larger than a AA battery.
  • A system of paper sizes with similar proportions, as , etc.
  • See also
    * (previous) , (next) B

    Etymology 2

    Abbreviation of various terms.


  • Symbol for the element Argon (Since 1956 has been changed to Ar).
  • area
  • Abbreviation

    (Abbreviation) (head)
  • ampere, a unit of electrical current.
  • IUPAC 1-letter abbreviation for adenine in genetic code.
  • IUPAC 1-letter abbreviation for alanine in proteins.
  • Austria
  • See also

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