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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 previewWrite in Style (2003)

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 Phonographic Magazine (1890)

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

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 previewThe Origins and Development of the English Language (2009)

by John Algeo

Contemporary spelling is the heir of thirteen centuries of English writing in the Latin alphabet. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that our orthography has traces of its earlier history both in its general rules and in its anomalies. Whenever we set ...

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 previewHandbook of Applied Psycholinguistics (2014)

Major Thrusts of Research and Theory by S. Rosenberg

Finger spelling is a manual representation of written English thatprovides aonetoone correspondence between written letters and hand configurations representing the letters. The Deafness andLanguage Development Language Intervention ...

Google previewAn Accurate New Spelling Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language (1777)

Containing a Much Larger Collection of Modern Words Than Any Book of the Kind and Price Extant: ... By A. Fisher, ...

primitive, or original conversation words, than any other larger Dićtionary whatever ; while, without any obsolete or inelegant ones, it has fewer compound words than the least extant; having no past verbs, but irregulars which vary in spelling ...

Google previewA Practical Dictionary of the English Language, Giving the Correct Spelling, Pronunciation, and Definitions of Words (1884)

With an Appendix Containing Various Useful Tables : Chiefly Derived from Webster's Unabridged Dictionary by Noah Webster


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 previewDictionary of Spelling

by Pramod K. Chaudhari

spelling is difficult to master for native speakers aswell as language learners just because English is developed from several different language families, and because it so easily absorbs new words from other languages, including Hindi.

Google previewNelson Spelling - Second Personal Dictionary (1998)

Spelling Rules Spelling words correctly can sometimes be difficult, unless you have a very good memory. Here are some rules that can help. General Rules Rule 1 q is never written without u. quern qu/ife quutet Rule 2 No English words end ...

Google previewNuttall's spelling bee guide, condensed from Nuttall's standard pronouncing dictionary, Warne's ed (1876)

by P Austin Nuttall

SPELLING. BEE. GENERAL DIRECTIONS. 1. Advertise well in the neighbourhood, stating when and where the Bee will be held, number and description of prizes and terms of admittance. Name especially the Dictionary to be used as the ...

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Quotes about Spelling

I do know the Spelling family. I worked for Aaron Spelling when I was a brunette. I've known them since Tori was a little girl. (Loni Anderson)
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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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