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mean vs spell

spell vs mean

mean and spell both are nouns.

mean is an adjective but spell is not an adjective.

mean and spell both are verbs.

As verbs, spell is a hyponym of mean; that is, spell is a word with a more specific, narrower meaning than mean:
  • mean: mean or intend to express or convey
  • spell: indicate or signify
Other hyponyms of mean include stand for, represent, typify, symbolise, symbolize, signify, import, aim, get, aim, drive.
mean (noun) spell (noun)
an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
a time period for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else)
a period of indeterminate length (usually short) marked by some action or condition
a verbal formula believed to have magical force
mean (adjective) spell (adjective)
approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value
characterized by malice
having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality
marked by poverty befitting a beggar
(used of persons or behavior) characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity
(used of sums of money) so small in amount as to deserve contempt
of no value or worth
very good; of the highest quality
mean (verb) spell (verb)
mean or intend to express or convey orally recite the letters of or give the spelling of
have as a logical consequence indicate or signify
denote or connote write or name the letters that comprise the conventionally accepted form of (a word or part of a word)
have in mind as a purpose relieve (someone) from work by taking a turn
have a specified degree of importance place under a spell
intend to refer to take turns working
destine or designate for a certain purpose

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