the manner in which words are spelled; orthography.
a group of letters representing a word.
the act of a speller.
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.
the act or process of writing words by using the letters conventionally accepted for their formation; orthography
the art or study of orthography
the actual way in which a word is spelt
the ability of a person to spell: John’s spelling is good
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 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
- Spelling flame
messaging A Usenet posting ostentatiously correcting a previous article’s spelling, possibly as a way of casting scorn on the point the article was trying to make, instead of actually responding to that point (compare dictionary flame). Of course, people who are more than usually slovenly spellers are prone to think *any* correction is a spelling […]
noun 1. a pronunciation based on spelling, usually a variant of the traditional pronunciation. The spelling pronunciation of waistcoat is [weyst-koht] /ˈweɪstˌkoʊt/ (Show IPA) rather than [wes-kuh t] /ˈwɛs kət/ (Show IPA). spelling pronunciation noun 1. a pronunciation of a word that is influenced by the word’s orthography and often comes about as the modification […]