knell


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Related to knell: kneel down, ochlocracy

knell

 (nĕl)
v. knelled, knell·ing, knells
v.intr.
1. To ring slowly and solemnly, especially for a funeral; toll.
2. To give forth a mournful or ominous sound.
v.tr.
To signal, summon, or proclaim by tolling.
n.
1. The sound of a bell knelling; a toll.
2. A signal of disaster or destruction.

[Middle English knellen, from Old English cnyllan.]

knell

(nɛl)
n
1. the sound of a bell rung to announce a death or a funeral
2. something that precipitates or indicates death or destruction
vb
3. (intr) to ring a knell
4. (tr) to proclaim or announce by or as if by a tolling bell
[Old English cnyll; related to Middle High German knüllen to strike, Dutch knallen to bang]

knell

(nɛl)
n.
1. the sound made by a bell rung slowly, esp. for a death or a funeral.
2. a sound or sign announcing someone's death or the end of something.
3. any mournful sound.
v.i.
4. (of a bell) to sound, as at a funeral.
5. to give forth a mournful, ominous, or warning sound.
v.t.
6. to proclaim or summon by or as if by a bell.
[before 950; Middle English knellen, knyllen, Old English cynllan; c. Old Norse knylla to beat, strike; akin to Dutch knallen to bang, Middle High German erknellen to resound]

knell


Past participle: knelled
Gerund: knelling

Imperative
knell
knell
Present
I knell
you knell
he/she/it knells
we knell
you knell
they knell
Preterite
I knelled
you knelled
he/she/it knelled
we knelled
you knelled
they knelled
Present Continuous
I am knelling
you are knelling
he/she/it is knelling
we are knelling
you are knelling
they are knelling
Present Perfect
I have knelled
you have knelled
he/she/it has knelled
we have knelled
you have knelled
they have knelled
Past Continuous
I was knelling
you were knelling
he/she/it was knelling
we were knelling
you were knelling
they were knelling
Past Perfect
I had knelled
you had knelled
he/she/it had knelled
we had knelled
you had knelled
they had knelled
Future
I will knell
you will knell
he/she/it will knell
we will knell
you will knell
they will knell
Future Perfect
I will have knelled
you will have knelled
he/she/it will have knelled
we will have knelled
you will have knelled
they will have knelled
Future Continuous
I will be knelling
you will be knelling
he/she/it will be knelling
we will be knelling
you will be knelling
they will be knelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been knelling
you have been knelling
he/she/it has been knelling
we have been knelling
you have been knelling
they have been knelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been knelling
you will have been knelling
he/she/it will have been knelling
we will have been knelling
you will have been knelling
they will have been knelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been knelling
you had been knelling
he/she/it had been knelling
we had been knelling
you had been knelling
they had been knelling
Conditional
I would knell
you would knell
he/she/it would knell
we would knell
you would knell
they would knell
Past Conditional
I would have knelled
you would have knelled
he/she/it would have knelled
we would have knelled
you would have knelled
they would have knelled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.knell - the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something
bell, toll - the sound of a bell being struck; "saved by the bell"; "she heard the distant toll of church bells"
Verb1.knell - ring as in announcing death
ring, peal - sound loudly and sonorously; "the bells rang"
2.knell - make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification; "Ring the bells"; "My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church"
sound - cause to sound; "sound the bell"; "sound a certain note"
toll - ring slowly; "For whom the bell tolls"

knell

noun ring, sound, toll, chime, clang, peal the knell of a passing bell

knell

verb
To give forth or cause to give forth a clear, resonant sound:
Translations
دَقَّة الحُزن بالجَرَس
zvonit
begravelsesringning
TotenglockeTotengeläut
kellonsoittokilinäkilistääkuminakumistaa
lélekharang
dapurlegur klukknahljómur, líkhringing
laidotuvių varpaiskambinimas varpais
kapa zvans
bić w dzwondzwonićpodzwonne
umieráčik
matem çanı sesi

knell

[nel] Ntoque m de difuntos, doble m
see also death B

knell

[ˈnɛl] nglas m
death knell [system, organization, hopes] → glas m
Pearl, reading it, had heard the death knell of all her hopes → À sa lecture, Pearl avait entendu sonner le glas de toutes ses espérances.
to sound the death knell of sth → sonner le glas de qch
a manifesto which sounded the death knell of the laissez faire system → un manifeste qui sonnait le glas du laisser-faire

knell

nGeläut nt, → (Toten)glocke f; to sound the knelldie (Toten)glocke läuten; to sound the (death) knell for somebody/something (fig)jdm/etw den Todesstoß geben or versetzen

knell

[nɛl] n (liter) (also death knell) → campana a morto

knell

(nel) noun
the sound of a bell giving warning of a death or funeral.
References in classic literature ?
Yes, and my room-mate," answered Rebecca, who thought her own knell of doom had sounded, if he had forgotten Emma Jane's name.
There was a bell on board; and as the ship rolled and dashed, like a desperate creature driven mad, now showing us the whole sweep of her deck, as she turned on her beam-ends towards the shore, now nothing but her keel, as she sprung wildly over and turned towards the sea, the bell rang; and its sound, the knell of those unhappy men, was borne towards us on the wind.
When the knell of my thirtieth birthday sounded, I suddenly realised, with a desolate feeling at the heart, that I was alone in the world.
One by one the sullen sounds fell successively on the ear, leaving but sufficient space for each to die away in distant echo, ere the air was again filled by repetition of the iron knell.
What is here told," he laid his hand heavily and gravely on the packet of papers as he spoke, "may be the beginning of the end to you and me and many another, or it may sound the knell of the UnDead who walk the earth.
Never did funeral knell, never did alarm-bell, produce a greater effect on the hearer.
When she arrived about at the middle of it, she heard strange noises, a funeral knell.
cried D'Artagnan, "don't call him Porthos, nor even Vallon; call him De Bracieux or De Pierrefonds; thou wilt knell out damnation to my mission otherwise.
At the moment when the bride's foot touched the threshold the bell swung heavily in the tower above her, and sent forth its deepest knell.
Thus the Barrister dreamed, while the bellowing seemed To grow every moment more clear: Till he woke to the knell of a furious bell, Which the Bellman rang close at his ear.
They do better still; they are hanging them," murmured Fouquet, in a sinister voice, which sounded like a funeral knell in that rich gallery, splendid with pictures, flowers, velvet, and gold.
While I regarded the terrific animal, and more especially the appearance on its breast, with a feeling or horror and awe -- with a sentiment of forthcoming evil, which I found it impossible to quell by any effort of the reason, I perceived the huge jaws at the extremity of the proboscis suddenly expand themselves, and from them there proceeded a sound so loud and so expressive of wo, that it struck upon my nerves like a knell and as the monster disappeared at the foot of the hill, I fell at once, fainting, to the floor.