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Etymology 1

Old English spel

Noun

Singular
spell

Plural
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  1. Words or a formula supposed to have magical powers.
    He cast a spell to cure warts.
  2. A magical effect induced by an incantation or formula.
    under a spell
  3. A relatively short period of time of indeterminate length.
    We’re in the midst of a cold spell.
    He had a spell of bad luck.
  4. A mild or momentary emotional outburst.
  5. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A petit mal
  6. (cricket) An uninterrupted series of alternate overs bowled by a single bowler.
  7. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) time off from competition
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Etymology 2

Old English spelian

Verb

Infinitive
to spell

Third person singular
spells

Simple past
spelled or spelt

Past participle
-

Present participle
spelling

to spell (third-person singular simple present spells, present participle spelling, simple past and past participle spelled or spelt)
  1. To compose a word.
    The letters “a”, “n” and “d” spell “and”.
  2. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To write or say the letters that form a word or part of a word.
  3. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To indicate that (some event) will occur.
    This spells trouble.
  4. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To clarify.
    • 2003, U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbel, Hearing before the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, ISBN 1422334120:
      When we get elected, for instance, we get one of these, and we are pretty much told what is in it, and it is our responsibility to read it and understand it, and if we do not, the Ethics Committee, we can call them any time of day and ask them to spell it out for us[...].
  5. (transitive) To work in place of (someone).
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Faroese

Pronunciation

  • IPA: [spɛdl]

Noun

spell n.

  1. pity, shame

Declension

n9 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative spell spellið spell spellini
Accusative spell spellið spell spellini
Dative spelli spellinum spellum spellunum
Genitive spels spelsins spella spellanna

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