Spell

  • 1 Spell — Spell, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spelled}or {Spelt}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spelling}.] [OE. spellen, spellien, tell, relate, AS. spellian, fr. spell a saying, tale; akin to MHG. spellen to relate, Goth. spill?n.e {Spell} a tale. In sense 4 and those… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Spell — can be: *Spell (paranormal) * Spell (recipe) * The Spell , a novel * *Spell (band), a musical group consisting of Boyd Rice and Rose McDowall *The Spells, an American indie rock band of the late 1990s consisting of Carrie Brownstein and Mary… …

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  • 3 spell — spell1 [spel] n. [ME < OE, a saying, tale, charm, akin to Goth spill, tale < ? IE base * (s)pel , to speak loudly] 1. a word, formula, or form of words thought to have some magic power; incantation 2. seemingly magical power or irresistible …

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  • 4 spell — Ⅰ. spell [1] ► VERB (past and past part. spelled or chiefly Brit. spelt) 1) write or name the letters that form (a word) in correct sequence. 2) (of letters) make up or form (a word). 3) be a sign of; lead to: the plans would spell disaster. 4) …

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  • 5 Spell — Spell, n. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] A spell at the… …

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  • 6 spell — n Spell, shift, tour, trick, turn, stint, bout, go can mean a limited period or amount of some activity that often follows a schedule. Spell is ordinarily used in reference to very heavy or trying work which must be interrupted by a period of… …

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  • 7 Spell — Spell, n.[AS. spell a saying, tale, speech; akin to OS. & OHG. spel, Icel. spjall,Goth. spill. Cf. {Gospel}, {Spell} to tell the letters of.] 1. A story; a tale. [Obs.] Hearken to my spell. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. A stanza, verse, or phrase… …

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  • 8 spell — [n1] interval, period bit, bout, course, go, hitch, interlude, intermission, patch, relay, season, shift, space, stint, streak, stretch, term, time, tour, tour of duty, trick, turn, while; concepts 807,817,822 spell [n2] magical aura over an… …

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  • 9 Spell — Spell, v. i. 1. To form words with letters, esp. with the proper letters, either orally or in writing. [1913 Webster] When what small knowledge was, in them did dwell, And he a god, who could but read or spell. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To study… …

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  • 10 Spell — Spell, n. [OE. speld, AS. speld a spill to light a candle with; akin to D. speld a pin, OD. spelle, G. spalten to split, OHG. spaltan, MHG. spelte a splinter, Icel. spjald a square tablet, Goth. spilda a writing tablet. Cf. {Spill}splinter, roll… …

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  • 11 Spell — Spell, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spelling}.] [AS. spelian to supply another s place.] To supply the place of for a time; to take the turn of, at work; to relieve; as, to spell the helmsman. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 12 spell — spel n a period of bodily or mental distress or disorder <a spell of coughing> <fainting spells> * * * (spelґ) a short period of time, of indefinite length …

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  • 13 spell — verb. The form for the past tense and past participle is spelt or spelled. Spelt is more usual in BrE, especially in the primary meaning ‘to write or name the letters of a word’; spelled is more common in AmE and in the phrasal verb spell out =… …

    Modern English usage

  • 14 spell — index duration, hiatus, interval, period, phase (period), prognosticate, recess, respite ( …

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  • 15 spell- — *spell germ.?, Verb: nhd. verkünden; ne. announce; Hinweis: s. *spella , spellōn; Etymologie: idg. *spel (1), *pel (8), Verb, sprechen, Pokorny 985; Literatur: Falk/Torp 511 …

    Germanisches Wörterbuch

  • 16 spell|er — «SPEHL uhr», noun. 1. a person who spells words: »a poor speller. 2. a book for teaching spelling; spelling book …

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  • 17 spell — spell1 S2 [spel] v past tense and past participle spelt [spelt] BrE also spelled especially AmE [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: espeller] 1.) [I and T] to form a word by writing or naming the letters in order ▪ How do you spell juice ? ▪ …

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  • 18 spell — 1 verb past tense and past participle spelt, especially BrE spelled especially AmE 1 (I, T) to form a word by writing or naming the letters in the correct order: “How do you spell your name?” “S M Y T H.” | can spell (=be good at spelling words… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 spell — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun 1 period of time ADJECTIVE ▪ lengthy (esp. BrE), long, prolonged ▪ brief, short ▪ five minute, ten day …

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  • 20 spell — spell1 [ spel ] verb ** 1. ) transitive to know the letters of a word in the correct order: Can you spell the word beautiful? a ) transitive to say or write the letters of a word in the correct order: You ve spelled my name wrong. b )… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English