Definitions of spell

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