Spell Spell, n. 1. The relief of one person by another in any piece of work or watching; also, a turn at work which is carried on by one person or gang relieving another; as, a spell at the pumps; a spell at the masthead. [1913 Webster]

A spell at the wheel is called a trick. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster]

2. The time during which one person or gang works until relieved; hence, any relatively short period of time, whether a few hours, days, or weeks. [1913 Webster]

Nothing new has happened in this quarter, except the setting in of a severe spell of cold weather. --Washington. [1913 Webster]

3. One of two or more persons or gangs who work by spells. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Their toil is so extreme that they can not endure it above four hours in a day, but are succeeded by spells. --Garew. [1913 Webster]

4. A gratuitous helping forward of another's work; as, a logging spell. [Local, U.S.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.