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spell

noun (n)

  • a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation (noun.state)
    Synonym: enchantment, trance
    source: wordnet30
  • a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else) (noun.time)
    Synonym: go, tour, turn
    Example:
    A spell of work.
    source: wordnet30
  • a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition (noun.time)
    Synonym: patch, piece, while
    Example:
    A spell of good weather.
    source: wordnet30
  • a verbal formula believed to have magical force (noun.communication)
    Example:
    He whispered a spell as he moved his hands.
    source: wordnet30
  • A spelk, or splinter. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • 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. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • A story; a tale. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • orally recite the letters of or give the spelling of (verb.communication)
    Synonym: spell out
    Example:
    How do you spell this word?.
    We had to spell out our names for the police officer.
    source: wordnet30
  • indicate or signify (verb.communication)
    Synonym: import
    Example:
    I'm afraid this spells trouble!.
    source: wordnet30
  • write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word) (verb.creation)
    Synonym: write
    Example:
    He spelled the word wrong in this letter.
    source: wordnet30
  • relieve (someone) from work by taking a turn (verb.social)
    Example:
    She spelled her husband at the wheel.
    source: wordnet30
  • place under a spell (verb.communication)
    Antonym: unspell
    source: wordnet30
  • take turns working (verb.change)
    Example:
    The workers spell every four hours.
    source: wordnet30
  • To supply the place of for a time; to take the turn of, at work; to relieve; as, to spell the helmsman. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To tell; to relate; to teach. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To form words with letters, esp. with the proper letters, either orally or in writing. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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