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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spell  \Spell\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Spelled}or  {Spelt};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Spelling}.]  [OE.  spellen,  spellien,  tell  relate,  AS 
  spellian  fr  spell  a  saying,  tale;  akin  to  MHG.  spellen  to 
  relate,  Goth.  spill?n.e  {Spell}  a  tale.  In  sense  4  and  those 
  following,  OE  spellen,  perhaps  originally  a  different  word 
  and  from  or  influenced  by  spell  a  splinter,  from  the  use  of  a 
  piece  of  wood  to  point  to  the  letters  in  schools:  cf  D. 
  spellen  to  spell.  Cf  {Spell}  splinter.] 
  1.  To  tell  to  relate;  to  teach.  [Obs.] 
 
  Might  I  that  legend  find  By  fairies  spelt  in  mystic 
  rhymes.  --T.  Warton. 
 
  2.  To  put  under  the  influence  of  a  spell;  to  affect  by  a 
  spell;  to  bewitch;  to  fascinate;  to  charm.  ``Spelled  with 
  words  of  power.''  --Dryden. 
 
  He  was  much  spelled  with  Eleanor  Talbot.  --Sir  G. 
  Buck. 
 
  3.  To  constitute;  to  measure.  [Obs.] 
 
  The  Saxon  heptarchy,  when  seven  kings  put  together 
  did  spell  but  one  in  effect.  --Fuller. 
 
  4.  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. 
 
  The  word  ``satire''  ought  to  be  spelled  with  i,  and 
  not  with  y.  --Dryden. 
 
  5.  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. 
 
  To  spell  out  a  God  in  the  works  of  creation. 
  --South. 
 
  To  sit  spelling  and  observing  divine  justice  upon 
  every  accident.  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spell  \Spell\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Spelled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Spelling}.]  [AS.  spelian  to  supply  another's  place.] 
  To  supply  the  place  of  for  a  time;  to  take  the  turn  of  at 
  work  to  relieve;  as  to  spell  the  helmsman. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spelling  \Spell"ing\,  n. 
  The  act  of  one  who  spells;  formation  of  words  by  letters; 
  orthography. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spelling  \Spell"ing\,  a. 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  spelling. 
 
  {Spelling  bee},  a  spelling  match.  [U.S.] 
 
  {Spelling  book},  a  book  with  exercises  for  teaching  children 
  to  spell;  a  speller. 
 
  {Spelling  match},  a  contest  of  skill  in  spelling  words 
  between  two  or  more  persons. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  spelling 
  n  :  forming  words  with  letters  according  to  the  principles 
  underlying  accepted  usage 




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