Spell Spell, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spelled}or {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.] [1913 Webster]

Might I that legend find, By fairies spelt in mystic rhymes. --T. Warton. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

He was much spelled with Eleanor Talbot. --Sir G. Buck. [1913 Webster]

3. To constitute; to measure. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The Saxon heptarchy, when seven kings put together did spell but one in effect. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The word ``satire'' ought to be spelled with i, and not with y. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

To spell out a God in the works of creation. --South. [1913 Webster]

To sit spelling and observing divine justice upon every accident. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Spelt — Spelt, Spelz: Die westgerm. Bezeichnung der Weizenart (mhd. spelte, spelze, ahd. spelta, spelza, niederl. spelt, ‹a›engl. spelt) gehört wohl zu der unter ↑ spalten behandelten Wortgruppe. Sie würde sich dann darauf beziehen, dass die Ähren beim… …   Das Herkunftswörterbuch

  • spelt — (n.) O.E. spelt, perhaps an early borrowing from L.L. spelta spelt (c.400, noted as a foreign word), which is perhaps ultimately from PIE root *spel to split, to break off (probably in reference to the splitting of its husks in threshing), which… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Spelt — Spelt, n. [AS. spelt, fr. L. spelta.] (Bot.) A species of grain ({Triticum Spelta}) much cultivated for food in Germany and Switzerland; called also {German wheat}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spelt — spelt1 [spelt] vt., vi. alt. pt. & pp. of SPELL2 spelt2 [spelt] n. [ME < OE < LL spelta < Gmc * speltō < IE base * (s)p(h)el , to split off > SPILL1] a primitive species (Triticum spelta) of wheat with grains that do not thresh… …   English World dictionary

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  • Spelt — Spelt, n. [See {Spalt}.] (Metal.) Spelter. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spelt — Spelt, v. t. & i. [See {Spell} a splinter.] To split; to break; to spalt. [Obs.] Mortimer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spelt — [spelt] especially BrE the past tense and past participle of ↑spell …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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  • spelt — sb., en (en hvedeart), i sms. spelt , fx speltbrød …   Dansk ordbog

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