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Spells are skills particular to Monks, Mesmers, Necromancers, Elementalists, Assassins, Ritualists and Dervishes which vary widely in effect and target. All but flash enchantments have activation times; and some spells do not have recharge times.
"Spell" is a major subset of skills, and includes sub-types such as the following, which don't have the immediate effect that a simple spell has: