"spell" in the noun sense
1. enchantment, spell, trance
a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
2. go, spell, tour, turn
a time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else
"it's my go"
"a spell of work"
3. while, piece, spell, patch
a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
"he was here for a little while"
"I need to rest for a piece"
"a spell of good weather"
"a patch of bad weather"
4. spell, magic spell, magical spell, charm
a verbal formula believed to have magical force
"he whispered a spell as he moved his hands"
"inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese"
"spell" in the verb sense
1. spell, spell out
orally recite the letters of or give the spelling of
"How do you spell this word?"
"We had to spell out our names for the police officer"
2. spell, import
indicate or signify
"I'm afraid this spells trouble!"
3. spell, write
write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word
"He spelled the word wrong in this letter"
relieve (someone) from work by taking a turn
"She spelled her husband at the wheel"
place under a spell
take turns working
"the workers spell every four hours"
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