spell out

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v spell out orally recite the letters of or give the spelling of "How do you spell this word?" "We had to spell out our names for the police officer"
    • v spell out make explicit; specify in detail "You should spell out your demands"
    • v spell out spell fully and without abbreviating "Can you spell out your middle name instead of just giving the initial?"
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Quotations

  • Victor Hugo
    Victor%20Hugo
    “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    Eric%20Hoffer
    “To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question.”
  • Paula Nelson
    Paula Nelson
    “The best business plans are straightforward documents that spell out the who, what, where, why, and how much...”

Usage

In literature:

He might o' kep' his head out o' water a spell clingin' to it.
"Tom Slade at Temple Camp" by Percy K. Fitzhugh
He made Lois spell out the letters 'SCA.
"A Book of Quaker Saints" by Lucy Violet Hodgkin
But his words had pulled Ross out of a spell which had been as quicksand about him.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
There was witchery in the hour, and Thornton felt its spell, speaking out at last, and asking Anna if she would be his wife.
"The Rector of St. Mark's" by Mary J. Holmes
Well, kids, I've studied that letter like a spelling lesson and this is what I make out of it.
"Roy Blakely, Pathfinder" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
I spelled it out to him three times; it sounded very German, but he said nothing.
"On the Fringe of the Great Fight" by George G. Nasmith
If I could come out of a spell like that, there's some hope for our poor chap.
"The Flutter of the Goldleaf; and Other Plays" by Olive Tilford Dargan and Frederick Peterson
Say, had a great show out our way a spell ago.
"The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair" by Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')
One spell out of the line was spent at Villiers au Bois, where some training was expected, as we had had none worth speaking of in France.
"The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918" by F.L. Morrison
She will work out her own salvation by the very spells that are upon her for evil.
"Parsifal" by H. R. Haweis
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In poetry:

Air's Moss lies stretching out its bound,
All wild and weird to see;
And all the silence round and round
Falls like a spell on me.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
How anguished was the waiting spell
Of horror and of pain!
Then—then from out that fiery hell
He staggered forth again:
The babe was safe, in blankets wrapt,
The man flame lapt.
"The Bandit" by Robert W Service
Most-like it was this kingly lad
Spake out of the pure joy he had
In his child-heart of the wee maid
Whose eerie beauty sudden laid
A spell upon him, and his words
Burst as a song of any bird's:--
"Some Songs After Master Singers" by James Whitcomb Riley
But he’ll pack up in a hurry and he’ll seek a cooler clime,
If I make a rise in England and I get out there in time.
For a mate o’ mine is Charlie and I stayed there for a spell,
And I owe more than a jingle to the Bulletin Hotel.
"The Bulletin Hotel" by Henry Lawson
"The forests know it, and the mountains know,
And it is written in the sunset's dyes;
A revelation to the world below
Is daily going on before our eyes;
And, but for sinful thoughts, I do not doubt
That we could spell the thrilling secret out.
"A Vision of Poesy - Part 01" by Henry Timrod
Out of the starless night that covers me,
(O tribulation of the wind that rolls!)
Black as the cloud of some tremendous spell,
The susurration of the sighing sea Sounds like the sobbing whisper of two souls
That tremble in a passion of farewell.
"A Love" by William Ernest Henley

In news:

Final ADA Regulations Spell out Disabilities.
Spell out your company's competitive edge online.
Now spell it out for your customers on your Web site.
US envoy's visit may spell out Kurds' postwar fate.
An annual report to Congress says China is the biggest threat to US cybersecurity, spelling out in some detail who might be doing the cyberspying.
There are so many disorders out there these days that I laughed when I heard a guy talking last weekend about "outdoor deficit disorder" — simply because the acronym spells ODD.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta spelled out the future battle against al Qaeda, praising what has been done so far but warning much more work remains.
There are several terms and conditions that go along with that approval , and those still haven't been spelled out.
The draft budget spells out about $10 billion in spending cuts and savings for 2013.
President Obama announced Tuesday that he will expand his campaign for a "fiscal cliff" plan that includes higher taxes on wealthier Americans, while a former Senate ally spelled out what many Democrats want in a deal.
Neither Baca's nor Beck 's softer approach to the program has been fully spelled out yet.
That was spelled out in her will that has been read by Clark's attorneys.
No one could figure out how to spell his name.
Judge spells out "corrective statements".
I've compiled a list of the Top 40 Houston Texans based on the current roster, but I need to spell out how I decided to rank the players.
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In science:

We start by spelling out the physical requirements that we want to retain for the purpose of quantization.
Observable Equivalence between General Relativity and Shape Dynamics
Finally, Section 6 presents natural extensions of Theorem 1.1, and spells out the link with the Green function of the operator −△ + βV .
Lyapunov exponents of random walks in small random potential: the lower bound
For completeness we spell out that such ob jects exist.
A Dividing Line Within Simple Unstable Theories
We end this section with a simple observation, that will be used several times in the remainder of the paper and will therefore be useful to spell out.
The Maximal Rank Conjecture for Sections of Curves
For easy comparison with other references we spell out our conventions.
Constraints on Phases of Supersymmetric Flavour Conserving Couplings
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