spell checker

(redirected from spell-checker)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

spell checker

A separate program or function within a word processing or other text entry program that tests for correctly spelled words. Spell checkers can test spelling on the fly as the user types, or they may be able to examine a marked block, entire document or group of documents. Advanced systems correct common typos and misspellings on the fly.

Spell checkers simply compare words to a dictionary of words, and the wrong use of a correctly spelled word such as "bear" and "bare" cannot be detected. See grammar checker.


References in periodicals archive ?
A letter to a customer or client may be composed with the help of a spell-checker, but the Post-it note attached as an afterthought won't be.
Todmorden is tomcod, whatever tomcod is, but then the spell-checker rapidly moves on to odoured, outmode, Romford or Stamford.
But if spell-checkers are risky, grammar-checkers can be downright hazardous.
The start of a new school year wasn't the best time for the Oregon Department of Education to announce that seventh- graders taking the state writing test would be allowed to use computer spell-checkers to correct errors in their work.
STAFF at a local authority in the Welsh language's heartlands are to be given computer spell-checkers because their spelling in Welsh is so poor.
OUI also supports multiple mail attachments, is MIME compatible (including Netscape Mail and Microsoft Exchange), has a built-in spell-checker, message fonting capability, workgroups (to help organize newsgroups and information more effectively) and automatically encodes and decodes files.
Pronto E-Mail features a graphical user interface with advanced drag-and-drop of messages to folders; multi-level folder hierarchies; a customizable toolbar; multiple signatures for personal, business or other user-defined scenarios; and a built-in spell-checker.
Summary: Experts explain what the effects of depending entirely on spell-checkers
As Massingham-Pearce says, put not your faith in spell-checkers .
market share leader in hand-held electronic language translators, dictionaries, spell-checkers, thesauruses, personal organizers and precision electronic measuring tools for commercial and residential use.