knell

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knell (third-person singular simple present knells, present participle knelling, simple past and past participle knelled)

  1. (intransitive) to ring a bell slowly, especially for a funeral; to toll.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      not worth a blessing nor a bell to knell for thee
    • Edward Bulwer-Lytton, The New Timon. A romance of London, Chapter 86
      Yet all that poets sing, and grief hath known, / Of hopes laid waste, knells in that word, alone.
  2. (transitive) to signal or proclaim something by ringing a bell.

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knell (plural knells)

  1. the sound of a bell knelling; a toll.

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