knell definition

  • verb-intransitive:
    • To ring slowly and solemnly, specifically for a funeral; cost.
    • to offer forth a mournful or ominous sound.
    • To appear as a knell; especially, to cost at a death or funeral; for this reason, to appear as a warning or bad omen.
  • verb-transitive:
    • To signal, summon, or proclaim by tolling.
    • To summon, as by a knell.
  • noun:
    • The sound of a bell knelling; a toll.
    • A signal of tragedy or destruction.
    • the noise of a bell knelling; a toll.
    • The stroke of a bell tolled at a funeral or in the death of an individual; a death signal; a passing bell
    • The noise caused by striking a bell; specifically, the noise of a bell rung with solemn slowness at or even for a funeral; a passing-bell.
    • the sound of a bell rung gradually to announce a death or a funeral or the end of anything
  • verb:
    • to sounds familiar gradually, particularly for a funeral; to cost.
    • to signal or proclaim one thing by ringing a bell.
    • ring like in announcing death
    • make (bells) band, frequently for functions of music edification
  • others:
    • To hit; knock.
    • To toll, as a bell; band for or at a funeral; knoll.
    • To summon by or just as if by a knell.
    • To sound, as a bell, particularly as a funeral bell.
    • Hence To sound as an omen or a warning of coming wicked.

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