- 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.
A spell at the wheel is called a trick. --Ham. Nav. Encyc. [1913 Webster]
3. One of two or more persons or gangs who work by spells. [R.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.