spell-check

noun
\ ˈspel-ˌchek How to pronounce spell-check (audio) \
variants: or spellcheck or spell check
plural spell-checks or spellchecks or spell checks

Definition of spell-check

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the act or process of using a spellchecker to identify possible misspellings do/run a quick spell-check an error found by spell-check also : the function or capability provided by a spellchecker a program equipped with spell-check Have spell-check and instant messaging (oh, the grammar and spelling!) ruined the copy editors of tomorrow? — Stephanie A. Weiss often used before another noun a spell-check device/program/function

spell-check

verb
spell-checked; spell-checking; spell-checks

Definition of spell-check (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to check the spelling of (something, such a document or block of text) by using a spellchecker Not only can I put words together at 10 times the speed of using pen and paper, but I can also transfer those words to the digital realm, where they can be edited, spell-checked, e-mailed, quoted, blogged and Googled.— Steven Johnson

First Known Use of spell-check

Noun

1983, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spell-check was in 1983

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Dictionary Entries Near spell-check

spellbound

spell-check

spellchecker

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Cite this Entry

“Spell-check.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spell-check. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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