Definition of Knell

1. Noun. The sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something.

Generic synonyms: Bell, Toll



2. Verb. Ring as in announcing death.
Generic synonyms: Peal, Ring

3. Verb. Make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification. "My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church"
Exact synonyms: Ring
Causes: Go, Sound
Generic synonyms: Sound
Specialized synonyms: Toll
Derivative terms: Ring, Ringer, Ringing

Definition of Knell

1. n. The stroke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the death of a person; a death signal; a passing bell; hence, figuratively, a warning of, or a sound indicating, the passing away of anything.

2. v. i. To sound as a knell; especially, to toll at a death or funeral; hence, to sound as a warning or evil omen.

3. v. t. To summon, as by a knell.

Definition of Knell

1. Verb. (intransitive) to ring a bell slowly, especially for a funeral; to toll. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) to signal or proclaim something by ringing a bell. ¹

3. Noun. the sound of a bell knelling; a toll. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Knell

1. to sound a bell [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Knell

kneels
kneen
kneepad
kneepads
kneepan
kneepans
kneepiece
kneepieces
knees
knees-up
knees-ups
kneesies
kneesock
kneesocks
kneidlach
knell (current term)
knelled
knelling
knells
knelt
knessets
knevell
knevelled
knevells
knew
knew someone in the biblical sense
knewest
kneweth
knick-knack
knick-knacks

Literary usage of Knell

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1. The Complete Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott by Walter Scott (1900)
"Then to the musket-knell succeeds The clash of swords, the neigh of steeds, 240 As plies the smith his clanging trade, Against the cuirass rang the blade; ..."

2. History of Zionism, 1600-1918 by Nahum Sokolow (1919)
"PAUL knell (1615-64), ISRAEL AND ENGLAND PARALLELED By Paul knell, Master in Arts of Clare-Hall \ in Cambridge. ..."

3. The First-class Reader: A Selection for Exercises in Reading : from Standard by Benjamin Dudley Emerson (1833)
"LESSON XLIII. The knell of Time.—ANONYMOUS. HEARD you that knell? It was the knell of Time! And is Time dead? I thought Time never died. ..."

4. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry: Consisting of Old Heroic Ballads, Songs, Etc by Thomas Percy, Edward Walford (1887)
"MY Phillida, adieu love l For evermore farewel I Ay me l I've lost my true love, And thus I ring her knell, Ding dong, ding dong, ding dong, My Phillida is ..."

5. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1884)
"When the depths of the human heart are moved and the imperative claims of justice, truth, and purity once perceived, then the death - knell of mere ..."

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