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spelling checker

[′spel·iŋ ‚chek·ər]
(computer science)
A program, used in conjunction with word-processing software, which automatically checks words in a text against a dictionary of commonly used words and identifies words that appear to be misspelled.
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In Microsoft Windows and Office, the computer language settings work in conjunction with the spelling checker (Barnhill, 2009).
The spelling checker. Word's spelling checker compares every word typed with a list of words contained in a lexicon file (with a .lex extension) that cannot be edited by the user (Barnhill, 2009).
Suppose, however, that with the stroke of a finger you type another word instead of the word you want - for example, "data" instead of "date." The spelling checker misses that error.