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Definitions of spell

  1. a verbal formula believed to have magical force; "he whispered a spell as he moved his hands"; "inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); "it's my go"; "a spell of work" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. indicate or signify; "I'm afraid this spells trouble!" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word); "He spelled the word wrong in this letter" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. recite the letters of or give the spelling of; "How do you spell this word?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. place under a spell Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition; "he was here for a little while"; "I need to rest for a piece"; "a spell of good weather"; "a patch of bad weather" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. To decipher. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. A spelk, or splinter. Newage Dictionary DB
  11. To supply the place of for a time; to take the turn of, at work; to relieve; as, to spell the helmsman. Newage Dictionary DB
  12. The relief of one person by another in any piece of work or watching; also, a turn at work which is carried on by one person or gang relieving another; as, a spell at the pumps; a spell at the masthead. Newage Dictionary DB
  13. The time during which one person or gang works until relieved; hence, any relatively short period of time, whether a few hours, days, or weeks. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. One of two or more persons or gangs who work by spells. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. A gratuitous helping forward of another's work; as, a logging spell. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. A story; a tale. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. A stanza, verse, or phrase supposed to be endowed with magical power; an incantation; hence, any charm. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. To tell; to relate; to teach. Newage Dictionary DB
  19. To put under the influence of a spell; to affect by a spell; to bewitch; to fascinate; to charm. Newage Dictionary DB
  20. To constitute; to measure. Newage Dictionary DB
  21. To tell or name in their proper order letters of, as a word; to write or print in order the letters of, esp. the proper letters; to form, as words, by correct orthography. Newage Dictionary DB
  22. To discover by characters or marks; to read with difficulty; -- usually with out; as, to spell out the sense of an author; to spell out a verse in the Bible. Newage Dictionary DB
  23. To form words with letters, esp. with the proper letters, either orally or in writing. Newage Dictionary DB
  24. To study by noting characters; to gain knowledge or learn the meaning of anything, by study. Newage Dictionary DB
  25. spelling. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. A charm; a spoken word or words supposed to act as a charm; a turn at work; as, a spell at the oars; time during which a person works; colloquially, any short period of time. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. To form words with letters, especially with the correct letters; as, he spells accurately. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. To write or repeat in order the proper letters of (a word); to indicate of mean; as, war spells hardship. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  29. Spelled (speld,) or spelt. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  30. Any form of words supposed to possess magical power. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  31. To tell or name the letters of: to name, write, or print the proper letters of. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  32. To form words with the proper letters:-pr.p. spelling; pa.t. and pa.p. spelled, spelt. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  33. To take another's place at work. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  34. A turn at work: a short period:-pr.p. spelling; pa.t. and pa.p. spelled. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  35. A charm; incantation; a turn at work. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  36. Spelled, spelt. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  37. To name or write the letters of. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  38. To name the letters of a word in order. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  39. To relieve. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  40. To give the letters of (a word) in their order. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  41. To fascinate; bewitch. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  42. To frame words out of letters. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  43. A turn of duty in relief of another. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  44. Any short period of time. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  45. An incantation; charm; fascination. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  46. A charm consisting of words of some occult power. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  47. A turn at work or duty; a short period. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  48. To charm. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  49. To take another's place or turn temporarily in any labour or service. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  50. To tell the letters of a word; to write or print with the proper letters; to read. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  51. To form words with the proper letters. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  52. A turn; a job. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  53. To take another's place, as in labour. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  54. To tell the letters of a word one by one; to write or print words with their proper letters. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  55. Any form of words which, when recited, were supposed to possess magical power; a charm. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  56. To charm by reciting a form of words. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  57. To discover by characters or marks; to read with difficulty; usually with out; as, to spell out the sense of an author; to spell out a verse in the Bible. dictgcide_fs
  58. spel, n. any form of words supposed to possess magical power: fascination.--v.t. to tell or name the letters of: to name, write, or print the proper letters of.--v.i. to form words with the proper letters: to study:--pr.p. spell'ing; pa.t. and pa.p. spelled, spelt.--adjs. SPELL'ABLE, capable of being spelled; SPELL'-BOUND, SPELL'-STOPPED (Shak.), entranced, fascinated.--ns. SPELL'ER, one who spells: one skilled in spelling; SPELL'ING, act of spelling or naming the letters of words: orthography; SPELL'ING-BEE, a competition in spelling; SPELL'ING-BOOK, a book for teaching to spell; SPELL'-WORK, that which is wrought by spells or charms: power of magic.--SPELL BACKWARD, to spell, repeat, or arrange in reverse order: to understand in a contrary sense: to turn wrong-side out, misconstrue one's qualities; SPELL BAKER, to do something difficult, that word being one of the earliest dissyllables in children's books. [A.S. spell, a narrative; Goth. spill, Ice. spjall, a tale.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  59. spel, v.t. to take another's place at work:--pr.p. spell'ing; pa.t. and pa.p. spelled.--n. a turn at work: a short period indefinitely: an interval of rest: a bad turn. [A.S. spelian, to act for another; cf. Dut. spelen, Ger. spielen, to play.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  60. Words used as charm, incantation; attraction, fascination, exercised by person, pursuit, quality, &c.; spellbound, bound (as) by a s. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  61. (spelt or spelled pr. -It). Write or name the letters that form (a word), as how do you s. analyse?, must not be spelt with a z, can\'t s. his own name, (abs. wish you would learn to s. (correctly); s. out or over, make out (words, writing) laboriously letter by letter; s. backward, repeat or write the letters of (word) in reverse order, (fig.) misinterpret, pervert meaning of; (of letters) make up, form, (word), as what does c a t s.?, (fig., of circumstances, scheme, &c.) have as necessary result, involve, as these changes s. ruin to the farmer. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  62. Turn of work, as did a s. of carpentering; short period, as wait (for) a s.; (v.t., rare) relieve, take the place of, (person) in work &c. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  63. n. [Anglo-Saxon] A story or tale ; a ballad or narrative poem :-a verse or phrase repeated for its magical power ; a charm ; -hence, (from the story-tellers or reciters of tales, poems, doing it in turns or time about) the relief of one person by another in any work ; a short period of work; a turn;-a brief period or continuance; a season. Cabinet Dictionary

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