a word, phrase, or form of words supposed to have magic power; charm; incantation:
The wizard cast a spell.
a state or period of enchantment:
She was under a spell.
any dominating or irresistible influence; fascination:
the spell of fine music.
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 variant spelling of spillikin
noun 1. the manner in which words are spelled; orthography. 2. a group of letters representing a word. 3. the act of a speller. verb (used with object), spelled or spelt, spelling. 1. to name, write, or otherwise give the letters, in order, of (a word, syllable, etc.): Did I spell your name right? 2. […]
noun 1. a spelling competition won by the individual or team spelling the greatest number of words correctly; spelldown. spelling bee noun 1. a contest in which players are required to spell words according to orthographic conventions
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