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Definitions of spell

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

Antonyms for spell

charm, mojo, mascot, relief, Periapt, arrest, amulet, phylactery, remission, unspell, talisman, fetish.

Quotes of spell

  1. Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination- everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell – John Adams
  2. Any film I see at two o'clock in afternoon with my mother seems to cast a strange spell that means we both come out sobbing. – Jane Birkin
  3. All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right about face which turns us from failure to success. – Dorthea Brande
  4. Out of five hundred who speak glibly of love, not one can spell the first letter of his name. – Marie de France
  5. There's no subtext in Harry Potter really; it's all magic, anything can happen. Why do I say this? Because it's a magic spell It's quite nice in a way. There is a real freedom to it. – Michael Gambon
  6. Voice comes to you through a spell a trance. The best voices are not you... they're a little away from you. – Barry Hannah
  7. It is a damn poor mind indeed which can't think of at least two ways to spell any word. – Andrew Jackson
  8. It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word. – Andrew Johnson
  9. Action, looks, words, steps, form the alphabet by which you may spell character. – Johann Kaspar Lavater
  10. The business of the advertiser is to see that we go about our business with some magic spell or tune or slogan throbbing quietly in the background of our minds. – Marshall McLuhan
  11. What is the use of good painting? We want a spell cast upon the optical part of our existence! We seldom really see the world, but when we do, we become as still as a picture. – Robert Musil
  12. If Al Gore invented the Internet, I invented spell check. – Dan Quayle
  13. There is a spell in mediaeval Art which has had power to bewitch some people into trying, or wishing to try, or fancying that they wish to try or making believe to fancy that they wish to try, to bring back the Middle Ages. – Goldwin Smith
  14. I'd like to run for office someday, but I'm afraid my ability to spell might give me an unfair advantage. – April Winchell
  15. I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Usage examples for spell

  1. “ I- I- Let's wait a spell – Cy Whittaker's Place by Joseph C. Lincoln
  2. Guess I'll trail 'long with you for a spell – Ride Proud, Rebel! by Andre Alice Norton
  3. “ I can't spell it. ” – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. “ I felt as though you were holding me under a spell all the time." ” – The Gray Phantom's Return by Herman Landon
  7. 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
  8. “ I was spell bound on the spot. ” – Weird Tales. Vol. I by E. T. A. Hoffmann
  9. What, then, was the secret spell of his success? ” – Coningsby by Benjamin Disraeli
  10. “ Looks like navigating's going to be a little rough for a spell anyway." ” – Legacy by James H Schmitz
  11. “ I felt spell bound- unable to fly, or even to move. ” – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  12. 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
  13. I've been awake quite a spell an' thought you'd never open your eyes. ” – An Amateur Fireman by James Otis
  14. “ He's got an awful spell this time. ” – O. Henry Memorial Award Prize Stories of 1921 by Various
  15. Then the dark spell broke. ” – The Princess Virginia by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  16. 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
  17. She broke the spell – The World For Sale, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  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. It took him a considerable spell but he did it. ” – Prairie Flowers by James B. Hendryx
  20. “ " There, now, you'll remain with us for a spell he muttered. ” – Curlie Carson Listens In by Roy J. Snell

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