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  • 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
  • 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
  • a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)
    • it's my go
    • a spell of work
  • a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
  • take turns working
    • the workers spell every four hours
  • place under a spell
  • relieve (someone) from work by taking a turn
    • She spelled her husband at the wheel
  • 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
  • indicate or signify
    • I'm afraid this spells trouble!
  • 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
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