3. To constitute; to measure. [Obs.]
The Saxon heptarchy, when seven kings put together did spell but one in effect.Fuller.
4. To tell or name in their proper order letters of, as a word; to write or print in order the letters of, esp.
the proper letters; to form, as words, by correct orthography.
The word "satire" ought to be spelled with i, and not with y.Dryden.
5. To discover by characters or marks; to read with difficulty; usually with out; as, to spell out the
sense of an author; to spell out a verse in the Bible.
To spell out a God in the works of creation.South.
To sit spelling and observing divine justice upon every accident.Milton.
(Spell), v. i.
1. To form words with letters, esp. with the proper letters, either orally or in writing.
When what small knowledge was, in them did dwell,Dryden.
And he a god, who could but read or spell.
2. To study by noting characters; to gain knowledge or learn the meaning of anything, by study. [Obs.]
Where I may sit and rightly spellMilton.
Of every star that heaven doth shew,
And every herb that sips the dew.
(Spell"a*ble) a. Capable of being spelt. Carlyle.
(Spell"bound`) a. Bound by, or as by, a spell.
1. One who spells.
2. A spelling book. [U. S.]
(Spell"ful) a. Abounding in spells, or charms.
Here, while his eyes the learned leaves peruse,Hoole.
Each spellful mystery explained he views.
(Spell"ing), n. The act of one who spells; formation of words by letters; orthography.
Spelling bee, a spelling match. [U.S.] - - Spelling book, a book with exercises for teaching children
to spell; a speller. Spelling match, a contest of skill in spelling words, between two or more persons.
(Spell"ing), a. Of or pertaining to spelling.
(Spell"ken) n. A theater. [Slang] Byron.
(Spell"work`) n. Power or effect of magic; that which is wrought by magic; enchantment.
Like those Peri isles of lightMoore.
That hang by spellwork in the air.
(Spelt) imp. & p. p. of Spell. Spelled.
(Spelt), n. [AS. spelt, fr. L. spelta.] (Bot.) A species of grain (Triticum Spelta) much cultivated
for food in Germany and Switzerland; called also German wheat.