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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPELL

That's his last dodge; I've seen the spell coming on, for some time.

We could see the smile working on White Quiver like a spell.

She leaned towards me, and beauty breathed about her as a spell.

Her spell had no effect on the god, who at once cast his net over her.

He was as if under a spell, and his dark, strong face glowed with the magic of it.

There was a moment's silence between the two in the kitchen, but the spell was broken.

I write only to bid you farewell, the spell is removed; I see you as you are.

So we said we'd as lief wait a spell, though a clean pinny wasn't needed.

He, old and seasoned traveller as he was, had indeed fallen under the spell.

I saw off men's legs, or I help them through a spell of sickness.

WORD ORIGIN

"name the letters of," Old English spellian "to tell, speak," infl. by Old French espeller "declare, spell," from Frankish *spellon "to tell;" both Old English and Frankish from Proto-Germanic *spellan (cf. Old High German spellon "to tell," Old Norse spjalla, Gothic spillon "to talk, tell"), from PIE *spel- "to say aloud, recite." Related: Spelled; spelling.

Meaning "write or say the letters of a word" is c.1400, from notion of "read letter by letter, read with difficulty" (c.1300). Spell out "explain step-by-step" is first recorded 1940, American English. Spelling bee is from 1878 (earlier simply spelling, 1860).

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