So for example someone works at a juice bar and they say Did the juicer come today? which could refer to the person who makes the juice or the juicer machine.

What is this called when a word could describe two things?

Example :

Juicer is _____ in the above sentence.

  • I added an example sentence as it's mandatory for SWRs. If I've misunderstood what you want, please revert my edit RLicens.
    – k1eran
    Jan 6, 2018 at 7:21
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    Homonyms are words which are spelled and pronounced the same but have different meanings.
    – Nigel J
    Jan 6, 2018 at 11:27
  • @NigelJ That sounds like the basis for an answer along the lines the OP is thinking. Here's a link to a dictionary entry for your convenience.
    – Lawrence
    Jan 6, 2018 at 14:11
  • What’s the difference between homographs and homonyms?
    – RLicens
    Jan 6, 2018 at 14:20

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1. adjective.
If you describe something as ambiguous, you mean that it is unclear or confusing because it can be understood in more than one way.
This agreement is very ambiguous and open to various interpretations. The Foreign Secretary's remarks clarify an ambiguous statement issued earlier this week. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/ambiguous

  • I think I found the word, homograph. It is ambiguous I agree grammar.net/same-word-different-meaning
    – RLicens
    Jan 6, 2018 at 7:26
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    @RLicens you should add this as an answer; it is ok to answer your own question on this site.
    – k1eran
    Jan 6, 2018 at 7:32

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