verb (used with object), spelled or spelt, spelling.
to name, write, or otherwise give the letters, in order, of (a word, syllable, etc.):
Did I spell your name right?
(of letters) to form (a word, syllable, etc.):
The letters spelled a rather rude word.
to read letter by letter or with difficulty (often followed by out):
She painfully spelled out the message.
to discern or find, as if by reading or study (often followed by out).
to signify; amount to:
This delay spells disaster for us.
verb (used without object), spelled or spelt, spelling.
to name, write, or give the letters of words, syllables, etc.:
He spells poorly.
to express words by letters, especially correctly.
spell down, to outspell others in a spelling match.
to explain something explicitly, so that the meaning is unmistakable:
Must I spell it out for you?
to write out in full or enumerate the letters of which a word is composed:
The title “Ph.D.” is seldom spelled out.
a continuous course or period of work or other activity:
to take a spell at the wheel.
a turn of work so taken.
a turn, bout, fit, or period of anything experienced or occurring:
a spell of coughing.
an indefinite interval or space of time:
Come visit us for a spell.
a period of weather of a specified kind:
a hot spell.
Australian. a rest period.
Archaic. a person or set of persons taking a turn of work to relieve another.
verb (used with object)
to take the place of for a time; relieve:
Let me spell you at the wheel.
Australian. to declare or give a rest period to.
verb (used without object)
Australian. to have or take a rest period.
verb spells, spelling, spelt, spelled
to write or name in correct order the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word)
(transitive) (of letters) to go to make up the conventionally established form of (a word) when arranged correctly: d-o-g spells dog
(transitive) to indicate or signify: such actions spell disaster for our cause
a verbal formula considered as having magical force
any influence that can control the mind or character; fascination
a state induced by or as if by the pronouncing of a spell; trance: to break the spell
under a spell, held in or as if in a spell
(transitive) (rare) to place under a spell
an indeterminate, usually short, period of time: a spell of cold weather
a period or tour of duty after which one person or group relieves another
(Scot & Austral, NZ) a period or interval of rest
(transitive) to take over from (a person) for an interval of time; relieve temporarily
(NZ) spell a paddock, to give a field a rest period by letting it lie fallow
noun 1. a person who spells words. 2. Also called spelling book. an elementary textbook or manual to teach spelling. noun 1. a person who spells words in the manner specified: a bad speller 2. a book designed to teach or improve spelling
[spel-er-di-vahy-der] /ˈspɛl ər dɪˈvaɪ dər/ noun 1. a reference book that lists words in alphabetical order to show spelling and syllabification.
noun 1. a word, phrase, or form of words supposed to have magic power; charm; incantation: The wizard cast a spell. 2. a state or period of enchantment: She was under a spell. 3. any dominating or irresistible influence; fascination: the spell of fine music. verb spells, spelling, spelt, spelled 1. to write or name […]
noun 1. a variant spelling of spillikin