1. [ noun ] (psychology) a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
Synonyms: trance enchantment
Related terms: psychological_state fascination possession capture hex
2. [ verb ] indicate or signify
Synonyms: import

"I'm afraid this spells trouble!"

Related terms: mean meaning
3. [ verb ] recite the letters of or give the spelling of

"How do you spell this word?"

Related terms: recite misspell spell_out speller
4. [ noun ] (work) a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)
Synonyms: tour turn go

"it's my go" "a spell of work"

Related terms: shift move
5. [ verb ] write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word)
Synonyms: write

"He spelled the word wrong in this letter"

Related terms: hyphenate spelling write
6. [ noun ] a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
Synonyms: while patch piece

"he was here for a little while" "I need to rest for a piece" "a spell of good weather" "a patch of bad weather"

Related terms: time snap hot_spell cold_snap
7. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 6200
8. [ verb ] place under a spell
Related terms: unspell hex
9. [ noun ] a verbal formula believed to have magical force
Synonyms: charm magic_spell

"he whispered a spell as he moved his hands" "inscribed around its base is a charm in Balinese"

Related terms: speech incantation hex charm
Similar spelling:   spill