spelt[ spelt ]
1. a simple past tense and past participle of spell.
1. a wheat, Triticum aestivum spelta, native to southern Europe and western Asia, used for livestock feed and as a grain for human consumption.
spell[ spel ]
verb (used with object) [spelled, spelt, spell·ing.]
1. to name, write, or otherwise give the letters, in order, of (a word, syllable, etc.): Did I spell your name right?
2. (of letters) to form (a word, syllable, etc.): The letters spelled a rather rude word.
3. to read letter by letter or with difficulty (often followed by out): She painfully spelled out the message.
4. to discern or find, as if by reading or study (often followed by out).
5. to signify; amount to: This delay spells disaster for us.
verb (used without object) [spelled, spelt, spell·ing.]
1. to name, write, or give the letters of words, syllables, etc.: He spells poorly.
2. to express words by letters, especially correctly.
Verb phrases
1. to outspell others in a spelling match.
2. spell out
a. to explain something explicitly, so that the meaning is unmistakable: Must I spell it out for you?
b. to write out in full or enumerate the letters of which a word is composed: The title “Ph.D.” is seldom spelled out.
1. a continuous course or period of work or other activity: to take a spell at the wheel.
2. a turn of work so taken.
3. a turn, bout, fit, or period of anything experienced or occurring: a spell of coughing.
4. an indefinite interval or space of time: Come visit us for a spell.
5. a period of weather of a specified kind: a hot spell.
6. a rest period.
7. a person or set of persons taking a turn of work to relieve another.
verb (used with object)
1. to take the place of for a time; relieve: Let me spell you at the wheel.
2. to declare or give a rest period to.
verb (used without object)
1. to have or take a rest period.
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