The relief of one person by another in any piece of work or
watching; also, a turn at work which is carried on by one person or
gang relieving another; as, a spell at the pumps; a spell at the
The time during which one person or gang works until
relieved; hence, any relatively short period of time, whether a few
hours, days, or weeks.
One of two or more persons or gangs who work by spells.
A gratuitous helping forward of another's work; as, a
A story; a tale.
A stanza, verse, or phrase supposed to be endowed with
magical power; an incantation; hence, any charm.
To supply the place of for a time; to take the turn of,
at work; to relieve; as, to spell the helmsman.
To tell; to relate; to teach.
To put under the influence of a spell; to affect by a
spell; to bewitch; to fascinate; to charm.
To constitute; to measure.
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.
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 form words with letters, esp. with the proper letters,
either orally or in writing.
To study by noting characters; to gain knowledge or learn
the meaning of anything, by study.