- the act of one who spells words
- the way in which a word is spelled; orthography
- An example of spelling is the spelling of the word "cat" as "C" "A" "T."
- An example of spelling is when you actually say or write the letters of the word "cat."
Spelling is defined as the proper way to write a word, using the correct order of letters.
- a. The forming of words with letters in an accepted order; orthography.b. The art or study of orthography.
- The way in which a word is spelled.
- A person's ability to spell words: a writer plagued by bad spelling.
See also language.cacography the practice or defect of incorrect spelling. —cacographer, n. —cacographic, cacographical, adj. glossic a phonetic spelling system in which for each sound the letter or digraph most commonly found representing that sound is used. hetericism Rare. the study of nonphonetic spelling. —hetericist, n. heterography 1. the practice of spelling in a way contrary to standard usage. 2. the use of the same letters or combinations of letters to represent different sounds, as in English tough and dough. —heterographic, heterographical, adj. orthography 1. the art of writing words according to accepted usage; correct spelling. 2. that part of grammar that treats of letters and spelling. 3. a method of spelling. — orthographer, n. — orthographic, adj. phonography any phonetic spelling, writing, or shorthand system. —phonog-rapher, phonographist, n. —phonographic, phonographical, adj.
- Present participle of spell.
(countable and uncountable, plural spellings)
- (uncountable) The act, practice, ability, or subject of forming words with letters, or of reading the letters of words; orthography.
- (uncountable) The manner of spelling of words; correct spelling.
- (countable) A specific spelling of a word.
- (US, rare, dated, countable or uncountable) A spelling test or spelling bee.
1400s, from spell (verb) + -ing.
- The spelling also is interesting.
- The name is often in popular literature written Cambalu, and is by Longfellow accented in verse Cambeilic. But this spelling originates in an accidental error in Ramusio's Italian version, which was the chief channel through which Marco Polo's book was popularly known.
- In the 19th century the word chymist became altered to chemist, although the original spelling is still continued to a small extent.
- As regards the English spelling of the name adopted throughout the Ency.
- A Hawaiian spelling book was printed in 1822; in 1834 two newspapers were founded; and in 1839 the first translation of the Bible was published.