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knoll 1

A small rounded hill or mound; a hillock.

[Middle English knol, from Old English cnoll.]

knoll 2

 (nōl) Archaic
v. knolled, knoll·ing, knolls
To ring mournfully; knell.
To ring or sound (a bell, for example) mournfully; knell.
A knell.

[Middle English knollen, probably alteration of knellen, to knell; see knell.]
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(Physical Geography) a small rounded hill
[Old English cnoll; compare Old Norse knollr hilltop]
ˈknolly adj


n, vb
an archaic or dialect word for knell
ˈknoller n
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a small, rounded hill or mound.
[before 900; Middle English cnol, Old English cnoll, c. Middle Dutch, Middle High German knolle clod, Old Norse knollr summit]
knoll′y, adj.


Archaic. v.t.
1. to ring or toll a bell for; announce by tolling.
2. to ring or toll (a bell).
3. to sound, as a bell; ring.
4. to sound a knell.
5. a stroke of a bell in ringing or tolling.
[1350–1400; Middle English (n. and v.); alter. of knell]
knoll′er, n.
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- The summit or rounded top of a mountain or hill, it seems to derive from Old Teutonic knoo-lo, meaning "ball, clod, knot."
See also related terms for summit.
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Past participle: knolled
Gerund: knolling

I knoll
you knoll
he/she/it knolls
we knoll
you knoll
they knoll
I knolled
you knolled
he/she/it knolled
we knolled
you knolled
they knolled
Present Continuous
I am knolling
you are knolling
he/she/it is knolling
we are knolling
you are knolling
they are knolling
Present Perfect
I have knolled
you have knolled
he/she/it has knolled
we have knolled
you have knolled
they have knolled
Past Continuous
I was knolling
you were knolling
he/she/it was knolling
we were knolling
you were knolling
they were knolling
Past Perfect
I had knolled
you had knolled
he/she/it had knolled
we had knolled
you had knolled
they had knolled
I will knoll
you will knoll
he/she/it will knoll
we will knoll
you will knoll
they will knoll
Future Perfect
I will have knolled
you will have knolled
he/she/it will have knolled
we will have knolled
you will have knolled
they will have knolled
Future Continuous
I will be knolling
you will be knolling
he/she/it will be knolling
we will be knolling
you will be knolling
they will be knolling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been knolling
you have been knolling
he/she/it has been knolling
we have been knolling
you have been knolling
they have been knolling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been knolling
you will have been knolling
he/she/it will have been knolling
we will have been knolling
you will have been knolling
they will have been knolling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been knolling
you had been knolling
he/she/it had been knolling
we had been knolling
you had been knolling
they had been knolling
I would knoll
you would knoll
he/she/it would knoll
we would knoll
you would knoll
they would knoll
Past Conditional
I would have knolled
you would have knolled
he/she/it would have knolled
we would have knolled
you would have knolled
they would have knolled
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.knoll - a small natural hillknoll - a small natural hill      
anthill, formicary - a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nest
hill - a local and well-defined elevation of the land; "they loved to roam the hills of West Virginia"
kopje, koppie - a small hill rising up from the African veld
molehill - a mound of earth made by moles while burrowing
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noun hill, swell, mound, barrow, hummock a grassy knoll
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[nəʊl] Notero m, montículo m
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nHügel m, → Kuppe f
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[nəʊl] npoggio
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References in classic literature ?
Circling the base of the knoll, he picked up with his horse and rode on to the farm-house.
The kilns were visible among the trees, when he glanced to the left and caught sight of a cluster of wooded knolls half a mile away, perched on the rolling slopes of Sonoma Mountain.
It was the very thing of all others to be wished, it was the best, it was the only way of proceeding with any advantage, in Henry Crawford's opinion; and he directly saw a knoll not half a mile off, which would give them exactly the requisite command of the house.
"Or if we are, Miss Price will be so good as to tell him that he will find us near that knoll: the grove of oak on the knoll."
To the left he saw a sloping descent lit up, and facing it a black knoll that seemed as steep as a wall.
"I know," I answered them tenderly,--"I too, with you, have looked on better days, I too have been where bells have knoll'd to church, I too have sat at many a good man's feast,--yes!
This was how it was: a spring of clear water rose almost at the top of a knoll. Well, on the knoll, and enclosing the spring, they had clapped a stout log- house fit to hold two score of people on a pinch and loopholed for musketry on either side.
Crawling to my knees, I looked in the direction she indicated, to see a buck standing upon a little knoll some two hundred yards from us.
A few lofty Scotch firs grew hard by upon a knoll; a clear fountain near the foot of the knoll sent up a miniature streamlet which meandered in the heather.
One very strong impression is of hunting little lizards on the rocky top of an open knoll. They ran under the rocks, and most of them escaped; but occasionally I turned over a stone and caught one.
Taking the rope and leading the way, I passed through a glade of tangled vines and bushes that ran between two wooded knolls. The glade ended abruptly at the steep bank of a stream.
On its farther rim stood three rugged knolls covered with dense woods of spruce and oak.