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a computer program for checking the spelling of words in an electronic document.
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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
Also called spelling checker.
Origin of spell checker
First recorded in 1980–85
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British Dictionary definitions for spell checker
/ (ˈspɛlˌtʃɛkə) /
computing a program that highlights any word in a word-processed document that is not recognized as being correctly spelt
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