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Verb: spell (spelled, also spelt)  spel
  1. Specify 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";
    - write
  2. Orally recite the letters of or give the spelling of
    "How do you spell this word?"; "We had to spell out our names for the police officer";
    - spell out
  3. Indicate or signify
    "I'm afraid this spells trouble!";
    - import
  4. Relieve (someone) from work by taking a turn
    "She spelled her husband at the wheel"
  5. Place under a spell
  6. Take turns working
    "the workers spell every four hours"
Noun: spell  spel
  1. A psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
    - enchantment, trance
  2. A time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)
    "a spell of work";
    - go, tour, turn
  3. A period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
    "a spell of good weather";
    - while, piece, patch
  4. A verbal formula believed to have magical force
    "he whispered a spell as he moved his hands";
    - magic spell, magical spell, charm
  5. (cricket) an uninterrupted series of alternate overs bowled by the same bowler
  6. A mild or momentary illness or emotional outburst; a short time exhibiting a symptom
    "One of the main symptoms is severe coughing spells"

Derived forms: spelling, spells, spelled

Type of: alternate, bewitch, duty period, enchant, glamour, hex, intend, jinx, language, mean, mental condition, mental state, mozz [Austral], oral communication, psychological condition, psychological state, recite, relieve, shift, speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, take over, take turns, time, voice communication, witch, work shift

Antonym: unspell

Encyclopedia: Spell