Definitions for spell

Definitions for (noun) spell

Main entry: spell, magic spell, magical spell, charm

Definition: a verbal formula believed to have magical force

Usage: he whispered a spell as he moved his hands; inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese

Main entry: spell, enchantment, trance

Definition: a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation

Main entry: while, patch, piece, spell

Definition: a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition

Usage: he was here for a little while; I need to rest for a piece; a spell of good weather; a patch of bad weather

Main entry: spell, go, tour, turn

Definition: a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)

Usage: it's my go; a spell of work

Definitions for (verb) spell

Main entry: spell

Definition: take turns working

Usage: the workers spell every four hours

Main entry: spell, import

Definition: indicate or signify

Usage: I'm afraid this spells trouble!

Main entry: spell, spell out

Definition: orally recite the letters of or give the spelling of

Usage: How do you spell this word? We had to spell out our names for the police officer

Main entry: spell

Definition: place under a spell

Main entry: write, spell

Definition: write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word)

Usage: He spelled the word wrong in this letter

Main entry: spell

Definition: relieve (someone) from work by taking a turn

Usage: She spelled her husband at the wheel

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