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.
Spelt imp. & p. p. of Spell. Spelled.
Spelt, n. Bot. A species of grain (Triticum Spelta) much cultivated for food in Germany and Switzerland; -- called also German wheat.
Spelt, n. Metal. Spelter. [Colloq.]
Spelt, v. t. & i. To split; to break; to spalt. [Obs.]
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]
n : hardy wheat grown mostly in Europe for livestock feed [syn:
Triticum spelta, Triticum aestivum spelta]