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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"
  2. a psychological state induced by ( or as if induced by) a magical incantation
  3. a time for working ( after which you will be relieved by someone else); " it's my go"; " a spell of work"
  4. indicate or signify; " I'm afraid this spells trouble!"
  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"
  6. recite the letters of or give the spelling of; " How do you spell this word?"
  7. place under a spell
  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"
  9. To decipher.
  10. A spelk, or splinter.
  11. To supply the place of for a time; to take the turn of, at work; to relieve; as, to spell the helmsman.
  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.
  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.
  14. One of two or more persons or gangs who work by spells.
  15. A gratuitous helping forward of another's work; as, a logging spell.
  16. A story; a tale.
  17. A stanza, verse, or phrase supposed to be endowed with magical power; an incantation; hence, any charm.
  18. To tell; to relate; to teach.
  19. To put under the influence of a spell; to affect by a spell; to bewitch; to fascinate; to charm.
  20. To constitute; to measure.
  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.
  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.
  23. To form words with letters, esp. with the proper letters, either orally or in writing.
  24. To study by noting characters; to gain knowledge or learn the meaning of anything, by study.
  25. spelling.
  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.
  27. To form words with letters, especially with the correct letters; as, he spells accurately.
  28. To write or repeat in order the proper letters of ( a word); to indicate of mean; as, war spells hardship.
  29. Any form of words supposed to possess magical power.
  30. To tell or name the letters of: to name, write, or print the proper letters of.
  31. To form words with the proper letters:- pr. p. spelling; pa. t. and pa. p. spelled, spelt.
  32. To take another's place at work.
  33. A turn at work: a short period:- pr. p. spelling; pa. t. and pa. p. spelled.
  34. A charm; incantation; a turn at work.
  35. Spelled, spelt.
  36. To name or write the letters of.
  37. To name the letters of a word in order.
  38. To relieve.
  39. To give the letters of ( a word) in their order.
  40. To fascinate; bewitch.
  41. To frame words out of letters.
  42. A turn of duty in relief of another.
  43. Any short period of time.
  44. An incantation; charm; fascination.
  45. A charm consisting of words of some occult power.
  46. A turn at work or duty; a short period.
  47. To charm.
  48. To take another's place or turn temporarily in any labour or service.
  49. To tell the letters of a word; to write or print with the proper letters; to read.
  50. To form words with the proper letters.
  51. A turn; a job.
  52. To take another's place, as in labour.
  53. To tell the letters of a word one by one; to write or print words with their proper letters.
  54. Any form of words which, when recited, were supposed to possess magical power; a charm.
  55. To charm by reciting a form of words.
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Usage examples for spell

  1. She was under the spell of gratitude for his behaviour yesterday evening at her dinner- table; she could not be very severe. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. I can't spell it. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. Then the dark spell broke. – The Princess Virginia by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  4. What, then, was the secret spell of his success? – Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli
  5. He's got an awful spell this time. – O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921 by Various
  6. I've been awake quite a spell, an' thought you'd never open your eyes. – An Amateur Fireman by James Otis
  7. " There, now, you'll remain with us for a spell," he muttered. – Curlie Carson Listens In by Roy J. Snell
  8. I felt as though you were holding me under a spell all the time." – The Gray Phantom's Return by Herman Landon
  9. I was spell- bound on the spot. – Weird Tales. Vol. I by E. T. A. Hoffmann
  10. Guess I'll trail 'long with you for a spell. – Ride Proud, Rebel! by Andre Alice Norton
  11. Looks like navigating's going to be a little rough for a spell anyway." – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  12. The whole one hundred and fifty prisoners could not lie down at once, so that we had to " spell" each other, so all might have a little while to sleep. – Portrait and Biography of Parson Brownlow, The Tennessee Patriot by William Gannaway Brownlow
  13. I- I- Let's wait a spell. – Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
  14. There was one spell that I was dreadful down, and says I to myself, if there's comfort to be got out of that old book, I'm bound to have it. – Janet's Love and Service by Margaret M Robertson
  15. I felt spell- bound- unable to fly, or even to move. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  16. It took him a considerable spell, but he did it. – Prairie Flowers by James B. Hendryx
  17. Even now if that Pelagia gets him under her spell again, he may throw down his sword, and fall as fast asleep as ever. – Hypatia or, New Foes with an Old Face by Charles Kingsley
  18. But I'm not so awful tired, an' I guess Plums can hold out a spell longer, so if there's anything you'll be wantin' done for the next week or two, I wish you'd let me know it now. – The Princess and Joe Potter by James Otis
  19. He understood the meaning well enough, but he was unable to say a word; and he was so much under the girl's spell, that he could not even feel angry with her. – The Red Room by August Strindberg
  20. She broke the spell. – The World For Sale, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
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