spelling meaning

EN[ˈspɛlɪŋ] [-ɛlɪŋ]
  • Spelling according to Coulmas (1996, 477) is 'The conventions which determine how the graphemes of a writing system are used to write a language'. The term is usually applied to alphabetic or otherwise phonetic writing systems.
  • In English, words generally have accepted standard spellings which can vary regionally or nationally. In the sense of a standard, spelling is one of the elements of orthography and a prescriptive element of alphabetic languages.
  • Spellings attempt to transcribe the sounds of the language into alphabetic letters, but phonetic spellings are exceptions in many languages for various reasons.

    Definition of spelling in English Dictionary

  • NounPLspellingsSUF-ling
    1. NU The act, practice, ability, or subject of forming words with letters, or of reading the letters of words; orthography.
      1. NU The manner of spelling of words; correct spelling.
        1. NC A specific spelling of a word.
          1. (US, rare, dated, countable or uncountable) A spelling test or spelling bee.
          2. Verb
            1. present participle of spell.
            2. More Examples
              1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                • The computer usually defaults to autocorrecting certain spellings and capitalising first words of sentences.
                • Because English spelling was becoming standardized in the 15th and 16th centuries, the Great Vowel Shift is responsible for many of the peculiarities of English spelling.
                • The regularization of spelling was an important step in the advancement of literary society.
            • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
              1. Nouns
                • Countable nouns
                  • Singularia tantum
                    • Uncountable nouns
                  • Verbs
                    • Verb forms
                      • Participles
                        • Present participles
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                  Meaning of spelling for the defined word.

                  Grammatically, this word "spelling" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum. It's also a verb, more specifically, a verb form.
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                  Definiteness: Level 9
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