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Definition of Spell
SpellSpell Spell, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spelledor 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.
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.
To sit spelling and observing divine justice upon
every accident. --Milton. SpellSpell Spell, n.[AS. spell a saying, tale, speech; akin to OS.
& OHG. spel, Icel. spjall,Goth. spill. Cf. Gospel, Spell
to tell the letters of.]
1. A story; a tale. [Obs.] ``Hearken to my spell.'
2. A stanza, verse, or phrase supposed to be endowed with
magical power; an incantation; hence, any charm.
Start not; her actions shall be holy as You hear my
spell is lawful. --Shak. SpellSpell Spell, n. [OE. speld, AS. speld a spill to light a
candle with; akin to D. speld a pin, OD. spelle, G. spalten
to split, OHG. spaltan, MHG. spelte a splinter, Icel. spjald
a square tablet, Goth. spilda a writing tablet. Cf.
Spillsplinter, roll of paper, Spell to tell the letters
A spelk, or splinter. [Obs.] --Holland.
Spell Spell, v. i.
1. To form words with letters, esp. with the proper letters,
either orally or in writing.
When what small knowledge was, in them did dwell,
And he a god, who could but read or spell. --Dryden.
2. To study by noting characters; to gain knowledge or learn
the meaning of anything, by study. [Obs.]
Where I may sit and rightly spell Of every star that
heaven doth shew, And every herb that sips the dew.
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