That's where Emmeline Camp lives that was a Jones an' spelt out o' my spellin'-book!
Sophia lifted the first of the papers and spelt out the names.
What one man has spelt out from it may remain incomprehensible to another.
He took the paper from me and spelt out the words carefully.
She took the book and spelt out the words by the light of the candle which Minnie held up for her.
We spelt out the alphabet, and received a typtological communication.
"To be perfectly accurate," he explained conscientiously, "he was caught with a pair of—of—" Delicately he spelt out the word.
During this seance it was Dr. Maxwell who spelt out the alphabet.
What he knew he had spelt out for himself with no teacher except the aspect of human suffering, and degradation, and sin.
However, the alphabet was called for again, and "mething else" was spelt out.
"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).
"work in place of (another)," Old English spelian "to take the place of," related to gespelia "substitute," of uncertain origin. Perhaps related to spilian "to play" (see spiel). Related: Spelled; spelling. The noun meaning "indefinite period of time" first recorded 1706.
"incantation, charm," Old English spell "story, speech," from Proto-Germanic *spellan (cf. Old Norse spjall, Old High German spel, Gothic spill "report, discourse, tale;" German Beispiel "example;" see spell (v.1)). Meaning "set of words with magical powers, incantation, charm" first recorded 1570s.
The term 'spell' is generally used for magical procedures which cause harm, or force people to do something against their will -- unlike charms for healing, protection, etc. ["Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore"]