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They have not to spell out temperaments slowly and laboriously.

Within a month he was able to spell out most of the verses for himself.

They form groups from which any one with imagination may spell out names.

I managed to spell out the name on her stem; it was the old Helen.

Let us go on all the same, and see what they mean to spell out.

But he knew his letters when we began, and could spell out a few words.

I mean to say that I have got to spell out every word on the key.

Spell out the names of days of the week, as well as names of months.

But in time we learn by rote the lessons which we had to spell out in our youth. '

He was too weak and lame to spell out a message, like we did on Bob's Hill.

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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