n.1.A spelk, or splinter.
v. t.1.To supply the place of for a time; to take the turn of, at work; to relieve; as, to spell the helmsman.
[imp. & p. p. Spelled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Spelling.]
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.
A spell at the wheel is called a trick.
- Ham. Nav. Encyc.
2.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.
3.One of two or more persons or gangs who work by spells.
4.A gratuitous helping forward of another's work; as, a logging spell.
1.A story; a tale.
2.A stanza, verse, or phrase supposed to be endowed with magical power; an incantation; hence, any charm.
v. t.1.To tell; to relate; to teach.
[imp. & p. p. Spelled ( ) or Spelt ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Spelling.]
2.To put under the influence of a spell; to affect by a spell; to bewitch; to fascinate; to charm.
He was much spelled with Eleanor Talbot.
- Sir G. Buck.
3.To constitute; to measure.
4.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.
5.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.
To spell out a God in the works of creation.
- South.
v. i.1.To form words with letters, esp. with the proper letters, either orally or in writing.
2.To study by noting characters; to gain knowledge or learn the meaning of anything, by study.
Noun1.spell - a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
Synonyms: trance, enchantment
2.spell - a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); "it's my go"; "a spell of work"
Synonyms: go, tour, turn
3.spell - 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"
Synonyms: while, patch, piece
4.Spellspell - 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"
Synonyms: magic spell, charm
Verb1.spell - recite the letters of or give the spelling of; "How do you spell this word?"
2.spell - indicate or signify; "I'm afraid this spells trouble!"
Synonyms: import
3.spell - 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"
Synonyms: write
4.spell - place under a spell
unspell - release from a spell
spell - incantation
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