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The word spelling is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun spelling

What does spelling mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: spellings

  1. forming words with letters according to the principles underlying accepted usage
    • examples: Your composition was good except for the spelling. | There are several spelling errors in your essay. | Correct my spelling if it's wrong. | I can't find any logic to English spelling. 'T-O-G-H' can be pronounced as 'fish'. | We must guard against mistakes in spelling. | It's a good paper, apart from a few spelling mistakes. | You cannot be too careful about spelling. | Here are some words whose spelling may cause trouble. | Apart from a few spelling mistakes, it is a good composition. | I refer you to the dictionary for the correct spelling.
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: orthography / writing system = a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols
    • more specific word: misspelling = a spelling that is incorrect
    • part: letter of the alphabet / alphabetic character / letter = the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech

Alternative definition of the noun spelling


  1. [uncountable] The act, practice, ability, or subject of forming words with letters, or of reading the letters of words; orthography.
  2. [uncountable] The manner of spelling of words; correct spelling.
  3. [countable] A specific spelling of a word.
  4. [US, rare, dated, countable or uncountable] A spelling test or spelling bee.


  1. "Spelling" is a book by Erik Wallin.
    • also known as "Spelling. Factorial and experimental studies"
  2. "Spelling" is a book by Carol Vorderman.
  3. "Spelling" is a book by George Henry Vallins.
  4. "Spelling" is a book by John Ward Studebaker.
    • also known as "Spelling; results of an investigation of pupils' ability to spell"

Phrases with Spelling

Phrases starting with the word Spelling:

  1. spelling bee
  2. spelling checker
  3. spelling contest
  4. Spelling alphabet

Phrases ending with the word Spelling:

  1. finger spelling
  2. Oxford Spelling
  3. British Spelling
  4. American Spelling
  5. American English Spelling

Other phrase containing the word Spelling:

  1. Icao Spelling Alphabet

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Spelling

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Google previewMathematical and Computational Modeling of Tonality (2013)

Theory and Applications by Elaine Chew

Pitch spelling is the process of assigning appropriate pitch names that are consistent with the key context to numeric representations of pitch, such as MIDI or pitch class numbers. The Spiral Array model is a spatial model for representing pitch ...

Google previewProceedings of the New York State Stenographers' Association (1903)

by New York State Stenographers' Association

Spelling is the visible form of language, as pronunciation is its audible form. Next to speech spelling is the great means of communication among mankind. The child leaves the cradle 8i>

Google previewWrite in Style (1993)

A Guide to Good English by Richard Palmer

In contrast to such sophisticated matters as sentence structure, paragraphing and the full consideration of parts of speech, or achieving crisp and appropriate syntax, accurate spelling is a simple business. One can see why it takes young ...

Google previewThe Human-Computer Interaction Handbook (2002)

Fundamentals, Evolving Technologies and Emerging Applications, Third Editiion by Andrew Sears, Julie A. Jacko

Spelling is a good alternate form of input to help resolve a recognition problem. It works best when...

Google previewThe Phonographic Magazine (1890)

Fonetic spelling is an exact science; as much so as numeration. Fonetic spellers ar absolutely exact.

Google previewPitman's Journal of Commercial Education (1881)

Spelling is a subject in which we are all intimately concerned, for scarcely an hour passes in which we are not called upon...

Google previewHandbook of Cognition (2005)

by Koen Lamberts, Robert L. Goldstone

Spaces between words are clear, and canonical spelling is the norm. Handwriting is more complex, but the identification of handwritten words has been the subject of comparatively little research. Manso de Zuniga, Humphreys, and Evett ( 1 ...

Google previewPhonics Pathways (2011)

Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling by Dolores G. Hiskes

The idea behind invented spelling is that students will remain free and creative, and “grow into” correct spelling later. But however we learn something the first time tends to “stick,” even if it is wrong. For example, if we learn someone's name ...

Google previewAll about Learning English (2012)

Tips, Tricks and Techniques by Sandra Price-Hosie

Spelling is the order that letters are arranged in words. When there is a strong relation between sounds and letters forming words, the language is said to be phonetic and it is easy to learn to read and write. English was once phonetic but now ...

Google previewThe Coming Job Boom (2008)

Why the Employment Market for Young Graduates Has Never Been Better by Bonnie Snyder, Ira Wolfe

An inability to handle basic writing skills such as using correct grammar and spelling is the most frequently noted problem in young workers' basic knowledge. In fact, Written Communication is the most frequently reported problem with hires for ...

Google previewEntick's New Spelling Dictionary, Teaching to Write and Pronounce the English Tongue with Ease and Propriety ... (1812)

The Whole Compiled and Digested in a Manner Intirely New, and Adapted to the Use of Schools in the United States; to which are Added, an Alphabetical Account of the Heathen Deities, a Copious Chronological Table of Remarkable Events, Discoveries and Inventions; and a List of the Principal Post Towns in the United States, with Their Distances from the Seat of the Government. To this Work is Prefixed, An Abridgemnt of English Grammar, Designed for the Younger Classes of Learners by John Entick, Lindley Murray

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Google previewEntick's New Spelling Dictionary ... Carefully revised, corrected, and improved, by John Robinson (1834)

by John ENTICK, John ROBINSON (Schoolmaster, of London.)


Google previewA Spelling Dictionary of the English Language, etc. Edited by J. Newberry (1792)

by John NEWBERY (Publisher.)

~ - - 'A сомгьвтн THOUGH YceMPrls/'D IOUS SPELLING DICTIONARY. A В А D 4. A ( 53 ) v ...

Google previewNewbery's Spelling Dictionary of the English Language, on a new plan, etc (1805)

by John NEWBERY (Publisher.)


Google previewThe Spelling Dictionary, Or, a Collection of All the Common Words and Proper Names ... in the English Tongue ... Second Edition, Etc (1725)

by Thomas DYCHE

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Quotes about Spelling

A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That's basic spelling that every woman ought to know. (Mistinguett)
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Scrabble value of S1P3E1L1L1I1N1G2

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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