The definition of a spell is a word or words which are supposed to hold magical power, an influence that cannot be resisted, or a trance.(noun)
Spell is defined as saying each of the letters in a word.(verb)
An example of spell is a child telling his teacher the letters that make up a specific word.
See spell in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME < OE, a saying, tale, charm, akin to Goth spill, tale < ? IE base *(s)pel-, to speak loudly
Origin: ME spellen < OFr espeller, to explain, relate < Frank *spellōn, akin to spell
Origin: ME spelien < OE spelian, to substitute for, akin to spala, a substitute
See spell in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb spelled spelled or spelt (spĕlt), spell·ing, spells verb, transitive
Origin: Middle English spellen, to read letter by letter
Origin: , from Old French espeller
Origin: , of Germanic origin.
Origin: Middle English, discourse
Origin: , from Old English.
Origin: From Middle English spelen, to spare
Origin: , from Old English spelian, to represent, substitute for.
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