spell /ˈspɛl/ 名詞
Spell, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spelled p. pr. & vb. n. Spelling.] To supply the place of for a time; to take the turn of, at work; to relieve; as, to spell the helmsman.
Spell n. A spelk, or splinter. [Obs.]
1. 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.
A spell at the wheel is called a trick. --Ham. Nav. Encyc.
2. 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.
Nothing new has happened in this quarter, except the setting in of a severe spell of cold weather. --Washington.
3. One of two or more persons or gangs who work by spells. [R.]
Their toil is so extreme that they can not endure it above four hours in a day, but are succeeded by spells. --Garew.
4. A gratuitous helping forward of another's work; as, a logging spell. [Local, U.S.]
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.
Spell, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spelled or Spelt p. pr. & vb. n. Spelling.]
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.”
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.
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. --Milton.
n 1: a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a
magical incantation [syn: enchantment, trance]
2: a time for working (after which you will be relieved by
someone else); "it's my go"; "a spell of work" [syn: go,
3: 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" [syn: while, piece,
4: 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" [syn: magic spell,
v 1: recite the letters of or give the spelling of; "How do you
spell this word?"
2: indicate or signify; "I'm afraid this spells trouble!" [syn:
3: 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" [syn: write]
4: place under a spell [ant: unspell]