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Definition of Spell


  1. A spelk, or splinter.
  2. To supply the place of for a time; to take the turn of, at work; to relieve; as, to spell the helmsman.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. One of two or more persons or gangs who work by spells.
  6. A gratuitous helping forward of another's work; as, a logging spell.
  7. A story; a tale.
  8. A stanza, verse, or phrase supposed to be endowed with magical power; an incantation; hence, any charm.
  9. To tell; to relate; to teach.
  10. To put under the influence of a spell; to affect by a spell; to bewitch; to fascinate; to charm.
  11. To constitute; to measure.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. To form words with letters, esp. with the proper letters, either orally or in writing.
  15. To study by noting characters; to gain knowledge or learn the meaning of anything, by study.

Spell Quotations

I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way.
Mark Twain

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
Jacques Yves Cousteau

We are all here for a spell, get all the good laughs you can.
Will Rogers

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Sometimes, reading a blog, which I do infrequently, I see that generations of Americans have been wilfully crippled, and can no longer spell or write a sentence.
Alice Walker
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Spell Translations

spell in Danish is stave
spell in Dutch is spellen
spell in German is buchstabieren, richtig schreiben
spell in Italian is compitare
spell in Spanish is deletrear
spell in Swedish is stava

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