Crossword clues for spell
- A time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)
- What Circe cast
- Time period
- Witch's incantation
- Something to cast
- Short period
- Weather period
- Circe's magic
- Bewitched state
- Time sPAce
- Participate in a certain bee
- Participate at a bee
- Word with hot or cold
- "How do you _____ relief?"
- Word with cold or breathing
- Period of time
- Be in a bee
- Magic effect
- Relieve, as for a break
- What a wizard casts
- Participate in a bee
- Say "C-A-T" or "D-O-G," e.g.
- What a 9-Down might help you do
- Say "B-A-D-G-E," e.g.
- One cast in a Harry Potter film
- Brief period
- A psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
- A verbal formula believed to have magical force
- A period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Spell \Spell\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spelledor 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.]
To tell; to relate; to teach. [Obs.]
Might I that legend find, By fairies spelt in mystic rhymes.
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.
To constitute; to measure. [Obs.]
The Saxon heptarchy, when seven kings put together did spell but one in effect.
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.
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.
To sit spelling and observing divine justice upon every accident.
Spell \Spell\, n.
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 masthead.
A spell at the wheel is called a trick.
--Ham. Nav. Encyc.
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.
Nothing new has happened in this quarter, except the setting in of a severe spell of cold weather.
One of two or more persons or gangs who work by spells.
Their toil is so extreme that they can not endure it above four hours in a day, but are succeeded by spells.
A gratuitous helping forward of another's work; as, a logging spell. [Local, U.S.]
Spell \Spell\, n. [OE. speld, AS. speld a spill to light a
candle with; akin to D. speld a pin, OD. spelle, G. spalten
to split, OHG. spaltan, MHG. spelte a splinter, Icel. spjald
a square tablet, Goth. spilda a writing tablet. Cf.
Spillsplinter, roll of paper, Spell to tell the letters
A spelk, or splinter. [Obs.]
Spell \Spell\, n.[AS. spell a saying, tale, speech; akin to OS. & OHG. spel, Icel. spjall,Goth. spill. Cf. Gospel, Spell to tell the letters of.]
A story; a tale. [Obs.] ``Hearken to my spell.''
A stanza, verse, or phrase supposed to be endowed with magical power; an incantation; hence, any charm.
Start not; her actions shall be holy as You hear my spell is lawful.
Spell \Spell\, v. t. [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.
Spell \Spell\, v. i.
To form words with letters, esp. with the proper letters, either orally or in writing.
When what small knowledge was, in them did dwell, And he a god, who could but read or spell.
To study by noting characters; to gain knowledge or learn the meaning of anything, by study. [Obs.]
Where I may sit and rightly spell Of every star that heaven doth shew, And every herb that sips the dew.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"work in place of (another)," 1590s, earlier spele, from Old English spelian "to take the place of, be substitute for, represent," related to gespelia "substitute," of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to spilian "to play" (see spiel). Related: Spelled; spelling.
1620s, "a turn of work in place of another," from spell (v.2); compare Old English gespelia "a substitute." Meaning shifted toward "continuous course of work" (1706), probably via notion of shift work (as at sea) where one man or crew regularly "spelled" another. Hence "continuous stretch" of something (weather, etc.), recorded by 1728. Hence also, via the notion in give a spell (1750) "relieve another by taking a turn of work" came the sense "interval of rest or relaxation" (1845), which took the word to a sense opposite what it had at the start.
early 14c., "read letter by letter, write or say the letters of;" c.1400, "form words by means of letters," apparently a French word that merged with or displaced a native Old English one; both are from the same Germanic root, but the French word had evolved a different sense. The native word is Old English spellian "to tell, speak, discourse, talk," from Proto-Germanic *spellam (cognates: Old High German spellon "to tell," Old Norse spjalla, Gothic spillon "to talk, tell"), from PIE *spel- (2) "to say aloud, recite."\n
\nBut the current senses seem to come from Anglo-French espeller, Old French espelir "mean, signify, explain, interpret," also "spell out letters, pronounce, recite," from Frankish *spellon "to tell" or some other Germanic source, ultimately identical with the native word.\n
\nRelated: Spelled; spelling. In early Middle English still "to speak, preach, talk, tell," hence such expressions as hear spell "hear (something) told or talked about," spell the wind "talk in vain" (both 15c.). Meaning "form words with proper letters" is from 1580s. Spell out "explain step-by-step" is first recorded 1940, American English. Shakespeare has spell (someone) backwards "reverse the character of, explain in a contrary sense, portray with determined negativity."
Old English spell "story, saying, tale, history, narrative, fable; discourse, command," from Proto-Germanic *spellam (see spell (v.1)). Compare Old Saxon spel, Old Norse spjall, Old High German spel, Gothic spill "report, discourse, tale, fable, myth;" German Beispiel "example." From c.1200 as "an utterance, something said, a statement, remark;" meaning "set of words with supposed magical or occult powers, incantation, charm" first recorded 1570s; hence any means or cause of enchantment.\n\nThe term 'spell' is generally used for magical procedures which cause harm, or force people to do something against their will -- unlike charms for healing, protection, etc.
["Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore"]\nAlso in Old English, "doctrine; a sermon; religious instruction or teaching; the gospel; a book of the Bible;" compare gospel.
Etymology 1 n. 1 (context obsolete English) speech, discourse. (8th-15th c.) 2 Words or a formula supposed to have magical powers. (from 16th c.) 3 A magical effect or influence induced by an incantation or formul
(from 16th c.) v
1 (context obsolete English) To speak, to declaim. (9th-16th
) 2 (context obsolete English) To tell; to relate; to teach. 3 To put under the influence of a spell; to affect by a spell; to bewitch; to fascinate; to charm. Etymology 2
vb. 1 (context transitive obsolete English) To read (something) as though letter by letter; to peruse slowly or with effort. (from 14th c.) 2 (context transitive sometimes with “out” English) To write or say the letters that form a word or part of a wor
(from 16th c.) 3 (context intransitive English) To be able to write or say the letters that form words. 4 (context transitive English) Of letters: to compose (a word). (from 19th c.) Etymology 3
n. (context dialectal English) A splinter, usually of wood; a spelk. Etymology 4
n. 1 A shift (of work); a set of workers responsible for a specific turn of labour. (from 16th c.) 2 A period of (work or other activity). (from 18th c.) vb. 1 (context transitive English) To work in place of (someone). 2 (context transitive English) To rest (someone or something).
v. recite the letters of or give the spelling of; "How do you spell this word?"
indicate or signify; "I'm afraid this spells trouble!" [syn: import]
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]
place under a spell [ant: unspell]
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, patch]
Spell(s) or The Spell(s) may refer to:
- Spell (paranormal) or magical formula, a spoken or written pronouncement intended to bring about a specific effect
- Spelling, the writing of words
A spell, charm, invocation, or hex is a set of words, spoken or unspoken, which are considered by its user to invoke some magical effect. Historical attestations exist for the use of some variety of incantations in many cultures around the world. Spells can be used in calling upon or summoning a spirit, demon, god or other supernatural agent ( evocation), or to prevent a person from taking some action or in forcing them to remain on some path of action (binding spells).
Spell is the debut album by former Wham! and George Michael bassist, Deon Estus.
The album contained the hit single, "Heaven Help Me", which featured background vocals by Michael, and reached number 5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989.
Spell was a collaboration between Rose McDowall and Boyd Rice. The duo covered several songs from the 1960s and 1970s, often modifying the lyrics to make them darker. For instance, the line in the original song " Seasons in the Sun": "Goodbye Papa, please pray for me" becomes "Goodbye Papa, don't pray for me". Several references to hell and death are added as well.
Spell is the standard English language spell checker for Unix.
Appearing in Version 7 Unix, spell was originally written by Stephen C. Johnson of Bell Labs in 1975. Douglas McIlroy later improved its accuracy, performance, and memory use, and described his work and spell in general in his 1982 paper "Development of a Spelling list".
Spell has a simple command-line interface: It goes over all the words in a given text file, and prints a sorted list of unique misspelled words in that file. It does not provide any interface for looking for those words in the file, or helping to correct the mistakes. In 1983, a different spell-checker, ispell (the interactive spell-checker), was ported to Unix. ispell had a user interface for showing the spelling mistakes in context and suggesting how to correct them. Since then, the original Spell tool has been mostly considered obsolete.
Another reason Spell is considered obsolete is that it only supports the English language. Modern spell-checkers for Unix and Linux systems, such as aspell, MySpell and hunspell, support a multitude of different languages and character sets. The Single Unix Specification has officially declared Spell a "legacy application", stating that this was done "because there is no known technology that can be used to make it recognise general language for user-specified input without providing a complete dictionary along with the input file." Nevertheless, the Single Unix Specification does not standardize any other spell-checking utility to take Spell's place.
Because of Spell's problems and the superiority of its alternatives, a free software version of McIlroy's spell has never been written. Instead, in 1996 Thomas Morgan of GNU wrote a simple wrapper to ispell (which was already popular at the time) to replicate spell's original behaviour. Many Linux distributions include this GNU spell, or an even simpler shell script; For example, the "spell" command in Fedora Linux simply runs aspell, as:cat "[email protected]" | aspell -l --mode=none | sort -u
Usage examples of "spell".
If Ambry starts acting peculiarly I can try to get him to snap out of the spell or, if that fails, call a doctor.
Those inside would not be fighting an amplified wizard so much as a program, one drawn up by the same machine that Coydt van Haas had first used and developed to create the intricate spells for Spirit, Suzl, and many others, and which New Eden had used for its conversion programs in Nantzee and Mareh.
With Ceis plugged into the little battery amplifier, she sat on the back seat, weaving a spell of unseeing about the three vehicles.
They all stared after it silently, seized by a sense of anticlimax, until Sean broke the spell.
His brief spell in the arcology refuge had shown him how little use theoretical medicine was in the face of real injuries.
Straight at Ged in the small rocking boat he came, opening his long, toothed jaws as he slid down arrowy from the air: so that all Ged had to do was bind his wings and limbs stiff with one sharp spell and send him thus hurtling aside into the sea like a stone falling.
All the wizards with the imperial army redoubled their apotropaic spells.
Democracy was forcing out the ancient autocracy of the Hapsburgs, education and culture were opening up to the masses so that by the time Hitler came to Vienna in 1909 there was opportunity for a penniless young man either to get a higher education or to earn a fairly decent living and, as one of a million wage earners, to live under the civilizing spell which the capital cast over its inhabitants.
The book, published in Canada as Songs of a Sourdough and in New York by Barse and Hopkins as The Spell of the Yukon, ran into seven editions before publication day and twenty-four by 1912.
When I discovered that Nathan Bedlam had gone ahead and used the spell, I was revoltedas much by my inactivity as I was by his use and the fact that we Dragon Kings had forced him into it.
Upon further analysis, a weekly dose of specified minerals matching precisely those found in the benthos were prescribed, and sure enough the spells soon went away.
Now that Bernard had heard himself say it, audibly, distinctly, loudly, the spell of his apprehension seemed broken, and he went on bravely.
Wall Street men fell to the spell of stocks, ruffled shirts and knickerbockers, and as the evening advanced, were quite themselves in the minuette and polka, bowing low in solemn rigidity, leading their lady with high arched arm, grasping her pinched-in waist, and swinging her beruffled, crinolined form in quite the 1860 manner.
This very point was brought up recently in conversation with an artist, who in referring to one of the most successful costume balls ever given in New York--the crinoline ball at the old Astor House--spoke of how our unromantic Wall Street men fell to the spell of stocks, ruffled shirts and knickerbockers, and as the evening advanced, were quite themselves in the minuette and polka, bowing low in solemn rigidity, leading their lady with high arched arm, grasping her pinched-in waist, and swinging her beruffled, crinolined form in quite the 1860 manner.
Ladbroke and Dunstan remembered living Underhill, but were bespelled never to be able to mention it or magic or spells.