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, 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.