Knell meaning

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The definition of a knell is a low and solemn ringing tone, or a bad omen.

An example of a knell is a bell rung on the occasion of someone's death.

An example of a knell is an army losing a small battle thus making it nearly impossible to win a war.

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To knell is defined as to ring something slowly and mournfully.

An example of knell is to ring a bell when a national figure dies.

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To ring slowly and solemnly, especially for a funeral; toll.
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To give forth a mournful or ominous sound.
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To signal, summon, or proclaim by tolling.
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The sound of a bell knelling; a toll.
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A signal of disaster or destruction.
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To ring in a slow, solemn way; toll.
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To sound ominously or mournfully.
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To call or announce by or as by a knell.
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The sound of a bell, esp. of a bell rung slowly, as at a funeral.
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An omen of death, failure, etc.
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To signal or proclaim something by ringing a bell.
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(intransitive) To ring a bell slowly, especially for a funeral; to toll.
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The sound of a bell knelling; a toll.
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Origin of knell

  • Middle English knellen from Old English cnyllan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition