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Definitions of spelling

spelling (ˈspɛlɪŋ

Definitions

noun

  1. the act or process of writing words by using the letters conventionally accepted for their formation; orthography
  2. the art or study of orthography
  3. the actual way in which a word is spelt
  4. the ability of a person to spell   ⇒  ■ John's spelling is good

Synonyms

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= orthography

Quotations including 'spelling'

  • "My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong place" [A.A. Milne
  • "`Do you spell it with a "V" or a "W"?' `That depends upon the taste and fancy of the speller, my Lord.'" [Charles Dickens
  • "orthography: the science of spelling by the eye instead of the ear" [Ambrose Bierce

spell1 (spɛl

Definitions

verb

Word forms:   spells,  spelling,  spelt or ,  spelled
  1. to write or name in correct order the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word)
  2. (transitive) (of letters) to go to make up the conventionally established form of (a word) when arranged correctly   ⇒  ■ d-o-g spells dog
  3. (transitive) to indicate or signify   ⇒  ■ such actions spell disaster for our cause

Derived Forms

ˈspellable  adjective

Word Origin

C13: from Old French espeller, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse spialla to talk, Middle High German spellen

spell2 (spɛl

Definitions

noun

  1. a verbal formula considered as having magical force
  2. any influence that can control the mind or character; fascination
  3. a state induced by or as if by the pronouncing of a spell; trance   ⇒  ■ to break the spell
  4. See under a spell


▷ 

verb

  1. (transitive) (rare) to place under a spell

Word Origin

Old English spell speech; related to Old Norse spjall tale, Gothic spill, Old High German spel

spell3 (spɛl

Definitions

noun

  1. an indeterminate, usually short, period of time   ⇒  ■ a spell of cold weather
  2. a period or tour of duty after which one person or group relieves another
  3. (Scottish & Australian & and New Zealand) a period or interval of rest

▷ 

verb

  1. (transitive) to take over from (a person) for an interval of time; relieve temporarily
  2. See spell a paddock

Word Origin

Old English spelian to take the place of, of obscure origin

Translations for 'spelling'

  • British English: spelling The spelling of a word is the correct sequence of letters in it.I'm not sure about the spelling of his name.ˈspɛlɪŋ NOUN
  • Arabic: تَهْجِئَة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: ortografia
  • Chinese: 拼写
  • Croatian: pisanje
  • Czech: pravopis
  • Danish: stavning
  • Dutch: spelling
  • European Spanish: ortografía
  • Finnish: oikeinkirjoitus
  • French: orthographe
  • German: Rechtschreibung
  • Greek: ορθογραφία
  • Italian: ortografia
  • Japanese: つづり
  • Korean: 철자법
  • Norwegian: staving
  • Polish: pisownia
  • Portuguese: ortografia
  • Romanian: ortografiere ortografieri
  • Russian: правописание
  • Spanish: ortografía
  • Swedish: stavning
  • Thai: การสะกดคำ
  • Turkish: heceleme
  • Ukrainian: орфографія
  • Vietnamese: đánh vấn

Example Sentences Including 'spelling'

They were better, far neater, and the spelling , though still ludicrous, was better too.
Skelton, Alison Scott An Older Woman
`I didn't make the finals in the class seven's spelling bee.
Lowry, Lois Anastasia Krupnik (3-in-1)
The childish script, the disastrous spelling , leapt out at her from every page.
Skelton, Alison Scott An Older Woman

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