The definition of a knell is a low and solemn ringing tone, or a bad omen.(noun)
To knell is defined as to ring something slowly and mournfully.(verb)
An example of knell is to ring a bell when a national figure dies.
See knell in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME knyllen & (with echoic vowel change) knellen < OE cnyllan, akin to MHG (er)knellen: prob. echoic
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verb knelled, knell·ing, knells verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English knellen
Origin: , from Old English cnyllan.
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