knoll

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Old English cnoll ‎(summit). 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.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      On knoll or hillock rears his crest, / Lonely and huge, the giant oak.
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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. To ring (a bell) mournfully; to knell.
  2. To sound, like a bell; to knell.
    • Shakespeare, "As you like it", Act II, scene VII, 114
    If ever been where bells have knoll´d to church.
    • Byron
      For a departed being's soul / The death hymn peals, and the hollow bells knoll.
    • Tennyson
      Heavy clocks knolling the drowsy hours.

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.