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spelling (ˈspɛlɪŋ Pronunciation for spelling

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 Pronunciation for spell1

Definitions

verb

Word forms:  spells,  spelling,  spelt,  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

See also

spell out

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 Pronunciation for spell2

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 Pronunciation for spell3

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 & 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: spellingPronunciation for 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: تَهْجِئَةPronunciation for تَهْجِئَة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: ortografiaPronunciation for ortografia
  • Chinese: 拼写Pronunciation for 拼写
  • Croatian: pisanjePronunciation for pisanje
  • Czech: pravopisPronunciation for pravopis
  • Danish: stavningPronunciation for stavning
  • Dutch: spellingPronunciation for spelling
  • European Spanish: ortografíaPronunciation for ortografía
  • Finnish: oikeinkirjoitusPronunciation for oikeinkirjoitus
  • French: orthographePronunciation for orthographe
  • German: RechtschreibungPronunciation for Rechtschreibung
  • Greek: ορθογραφίαPronunciation for ορθογραφία
  • Italian: ortografiaPronunciation for ortografia
  • Japanese: つづりPronunciation for つづり
  • Korean: 철자법Pronunciation for 철자법
  • Norwegian: stavingPronunciation for staving
  • Polish: pisowniaPronunciation for pisownia
  • Portuguese: ortografiaPronunciation for ortografia
  • Romanian: ortografiere ortografieri
  • Russian: правописаниеPronunciation for правописание
  • Spanish: ortografíaPronunciation for ortografía
  • Swedish: stavningPronunciation for stavning
  • Thai: การสะกดคำPronunciation for การสะกดคำ
  • Turkish: hecelemePronunciation for heceleme
  • Ukrainian: орфографія
  • Vietnamese: đánh vấnPronunciation for đánh vấn

Example Sentences Including 'spelling'

"I think the spelling movie might be the one," says Donovan.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Also, there will be times when not attaining a goal could be spelling out loudly and clearly that you may need some professional help.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
He enunciated more than 18,000 words to entrants at the annual Scripps Howard spelling bee for 22 years.
Globe and Mail (2003)
India's bankers had better be prepared for more than just a spelling change.
Business Today (1999)
It is already being quietly and unselfconsciously practised by many Christians in their daily lives but needs spelling out more clearly.
Gillett, David & Scott-Joynt, Michael (eds.) Treasure in the Field
The childish script, the disastrous spelling , leapt out at her from every page.
Skelton, Alison Scott An Older Woman
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)
`Oi" is being taken even more seriously with the recognition of a variant spelling - `oy".
Independent (1999)

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