knoll

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English cnoll (summit), from Proto-Germanic *knudan-, *knudla-, *knulla- (lump), possibly related to cnotta.

Related to Old Norse knollr (found only in names of places), Dutch knol (tuber), Swedish knöl (tuber), Danish knold (hillock, clod, tuber) and German Knolle (bulb).

Noun[edit]

knoll (plural knolls)

  1. A small mound or rounded hill.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Imitative, or variant of knell.

Noun[edit]

knoll (plural knolls)

  1. A knell.

Verb[edit]

knoll (third-person singular simple present knolls, present participle knolling, simple past and past participle knolled)

  1. (transitive) To ring (a bell) mournfully; to knell.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To sound (something) like a bell; to knell.
  3. (transitive) To call (someone, to church) by sounding or making a knell (as a bell, a trumpet, etc).
    • 1851, Charles Mackay, The Mormons, Or Latter-day Saints. With Memoirs of the Life and Death of Joseph Smith, the "American Mohomet", page 206:
      Their office now was to guide the monster choruses and Sunday hymns; and like the trumpets of silver made of a whole piece “for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps,” to knoll the people in to church.
    • 1891, Thomas George Bonney, Cathedrals, Abbeys, and Churches of England and Wales: Descriptive, Historical, Pictorial, page 769:
      The parishioners were not, however, to be permanently deprived of this means of grace, and for many a year they have been “knolled to church” by the bells of the Town Hall, a comely building  []

Etymology 3[edit]

Named after Knoll, a furniture fabrication shop, famous for its angular range of designer furniture.

Verb[edit]

knoll (third-person singular simple present knolls, present participle knolling, simple past and past participle knolled)

  1. To arrange related objects in parallel or at 90 degree angles.

References[edit]

  • Guus Kroonen, “Reflections on the o/zero-Ablaut in the Germanic Iterative Verbs”, in The Indo-European Verb: Proceedings of the Conference of the Society for Indo-European Studies, Los Angeles, 13-15 September 2010, Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag, 2012

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Verb[edit]

knoll (preterite knollä)

  1. (transitive) roll together: make curly

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