knell

/nɛl / (say nel)

noun
1. the sound made by a bell rung slowly for a death or a funeral.
2. any sound announcing the death of a person or the extinction, failure, etc., of something.
3. any mournful sound.
verb (i)
4. to sound, as a bell, especially as a funeral bell.
5. to give forth a mournful, ominous, or warning sound.
verb (t)
6. to proclaim or summon by, or as by, a bell.
{Middle English knelle, knylle, Old English cnyllan strike, ring (a bell)

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Knell — Knell, n. [OE. knel, cnul, AS. cnyll, fr. cnyllan to sound a bell; cf. D. & G. knallen to clap, crack, G. & Sw. knall a clap, crack, loud sound, Dan. knalde to clap, crack. Cf. {Knoll}, n. & v.] The stroke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Knell — Knell, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Knelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Knelling}.] [OE. knellen, knillen, As. cnyllan. See {Knell}, n.] To sound as a knell; especially, to toll at a death or funeral; hence, to sound as a warning or evil omen. [1913 Webster] Not… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Knell — Жанр блэк метал Годы 1997 настоящее время Страна …   Википедия

  • Knell — Knell, v. t. To summon, as by a knell. [1913 Webster] Each matin bell, the baron saith, Knells us back to a world of death. Coleridge. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Knell — ist der Name folgender Personen: Georg Knell (* 1946), deutscher Vierspännerfahrer Heiner Knell (* 1937), deutscher Archäologe Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wort bezeichneter B …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • knell — [nel] n [: Old English; Origin: cnyll] literary the sound of a bell being rung slowly because someone has died →↑death knell …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • knell — [ nel ] noun singular a DEATH KNELL …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • knell — [nel] vi. [ME knyllen & (with echoic vowel change) knellen < OE cnyllan, akin to MHG (er)knellen: prob. echoic] 1. to ring in a slow, solemn way; toll 2. to sound ominously or mournfully vt. to call or announce by or as by a knell n. 1. the… …   English World dictionary

  • knell — literary ► NOUN ▪ the sound of a bell, especially when rung solemnly for a death or funeral. ► VERB ▪ (of a bell) ring solemnly. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • knell — noun, literary 1) the knell of the ship s bell Syn: toll, tolling, dong, resounding, reverberation; death knell; archaic tocsin 2) this sounded the knell for the project Syn: end, beginning of the end …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • knell — I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English cnyllan; akin to Middle High German erknellen to toll Date: before 12th century transitive verb to summon or announce by or as if by a knell intransitive verb 1. to ring especially for a death,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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