American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The forming of words with letters in an accepted order; orthography.
- n. The art or study of orthography.
- n. The way in which a word is spelled.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A story; a relation; a tale.
- n. The act of one who spells; the manner of forming words with letters; or thography.
- n. A collocation of letters representing a word; a written word as spelled in a particular way.
- v. present participle of spell.
- n. uncountable The act, practice, ability, or subject of forming words with letters, or of reading the letters of words; orthography.
- n. uncountable The manner of spelling of words; correct spelling.
- n. countable A specific spelling of a word.
- n. US, rare, dated, countable or uncountable A spelling test or spelling bee.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of one who spells; formation of words by letters; orthography.
- adj. Of or pertaining to spelling.
- n. forming words with letters according to the principles underlying accepted usage
- 1400s, from spell (verb) + -ing. (Wiktionary)
““Henry the Fift” [_this spelling is used consistently_] except the “Faery Queen,” [_spelling unchanged_] next to the Miter and Phænix [_error for “Phœnix” in original_] [Stz. 3 sidenote] ...”
“[_anomalous spelling unchanged in both] -- To my own hindrence did I try. [_spelling unchanged_]”
“CM: Of course, my name spelling is even different from my grandfather's name spelling.”
“Hey Butch, if Dutch goes back to school, make sure he enrolls in English 101; his spelling is a little rusty ...”
“If your spelling is any indication of you education, you should go back to school while you still have time in life.”
“And by the way, the themes of the posters are selected by the crews, and name spelling is verified by each crew member before it is printed.”
“Another large chunk appear fine until I start to read them: the spelling is abysmal, the punctuation non-existent, and the syntax is convoluted.”
“Of course, in a sense, we all start from scratch in childhood, and children who start with a language like Spanish, where the spelling is almost perfectly phonetic, pick up reading much, much sooner than children who have to learn all the crazy rules and exceptions of English spelling.”
“There's a john smendrovac in the US, and on his blog, his spelling is almost as bad as above.”
“No, wait, I take that back; her spelling is as bad as yours.”
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