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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spell \Spell\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Spelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Spelling}.] [AS. spelian to supply another's place.] To supply the place of for a time; to take the turn of, at work; to relieve; as, to spell the helmsman.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spell \Spell\, verb (used with an object) [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.]

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." --Dryden.

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spelling \Spell"ing\, noun The act of one who spells; formation of words by letters; orthography.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spelling \Spell"ing\, adjective Of or pertaining to spelling.

{Spelling bee}, a spelling match. [U.S.]

{Spelling book}, a book with exercises for teaching children to spell; a speller.

{Spelling match}, a contest of skill in spelling words, between two or more persons.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

spelling

noun

1: forming words with letters according to the principles underlying accepted usage


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