spell

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noun
1 period of time
ADJECTIVE
lengthy (esp. BrE), long, prolonged
brief, short
five-minute, ten-day, etc. (esp. BrE)
good
bad

He's going through a bit of a bad spell at the moment.

quiet
barren, lean (both esp. BrE)

Viera ended his barren spell with a goal against Parma.

cold, dry, hot, mild, sunny (esp. BrE), warm, wet
dizzy, fainting

The children began having dizzy spells from hunger.

VERB + SPELL
go through, have
PREPOSITION
during a … spell

She managed to write a letter during a quiet spell at work.

spell as (esp. BrE)

He had a brief spell as ambassador to Turkey.

PHRASES
a spell of … weather (esp. BrE)

a spell of sunny weather

2 magical effect
ADJECTIVE
magic, magical
powerful
hypnotic

the hypnotic spell of the cicadas singing in the trees

VERB + SPELL
be under, come under, fall under
cast, perform, put, weave

The witch cast a spell on them.

This place had woven its spell over them.

break, remove

She uttered the magic word, and the spell was broken.

SPELL + NOUN
book
PREPOSITION
under a/the spell

Sleeping Beauty was under a spell when the prince found her.

under sb's spell

The audience was completely under his spell.

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verb
ADVERB
correctly, right
wrongly
backwards/backward

‘Nevaeh’ is ‘heaven’ spelled backwards/backward.

PREPOSITION
as

The article spelled ‘survey’ as ‘servay’.

with

Is ‘necessary’ spelled with one ‘s’, or two?

PHRASAL VERB
spell sth out
ADVERB
clearly
explicitly, fully, in detail
exactly, precisely

She spelled out precisely what she wanted.

VERB + SPELL OUT
have to, need to
PREPOSITION
for

Do I really have to spell it out for you?

to

His speech spelled out a clear message to the car industry.

Spell is used with these nouns as the object: ↑beginning, ↑disaster, ↑doom, ↑end, ↑name, ↑ruin, ↑trouble, ↑word

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spell — can be: *Spell (paranormal) * Spell (recipe) * The Spell , a novel * *Spell (band), a musical group consisting of Boyd Rice and Rose McDowall *The Spells, an American indie rock band of the late 1990s consisting of Carrie Brownstein and Mary… …   Wikipedia

  • spell — spell1 [spel] n. [ME < OE, a saying, tale, charm, akin to Goth spill, tale < ? IE base * (s)pel , to speak loudly] 1. a word, formula, or form of words thought to have some magic power; incantation 2. seemingly magical power or irresistible …   English World dictionary

  • spell — Ⅰ. spell [1] ► VERB (past and past part. spelled or chiefly Brit. spelt) 1) write or name the letters that form (a word) in correct sequence. 2) (of letters) make up or form (a word). 3) be a sign of; lead to: the plans would spell disaster. 4) …   English terms dictionary

  • Spell — Spell, n. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] A spell at the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spell — n Spell, shift, tour, trick, turn, stint, bout, go can mean a limited period or amount of some activity that often follows a schedule. Spell is ordinarily used in reference to very heavy or trying work which must be interrupted by a period of… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 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.] 1. A story; a tale. [Obs.] Hearken to my spell. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. A stanza, verse, or phrase… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spell — [n1] interval, period bit, bout, course, go, hitch, interlude, intermission, patch, relay, season, shift, space, stint, streak, stretch, term, time, tour, tour of duty, trick, turn, while; concepts 807,817,822 spell [n2] magical aura over an… …   New thesaurus

  • Spell — Spell, v. i. 1. To form words with letters, esp. with the proper letters, either orally or in writing. [1913 Webster] When what small knowledge was, in them did dwell, And he a god, who could but read or spell. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To study… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. {Spill}splinter, roll… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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