Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of KNELL

Pronunciation:  nel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something
  2. [v]  make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification; "Ring the bells"; "My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church"
  3. [v]  ring, as of bells announcing death

KNELL is a 5 letter word that starts with K.


 Synonyms: ring
 See Also: bell, go, peal, sound, toll



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Knell\, n. [OE. knel, cnul, AS. cnyll, fr. cnyllan to
    sound a bell; cf. D. & G. knallen to clap, crack, G. & Sw.
    knall a clap, crack, loud sound, Dan. knalde to clap, crack.
    Cf. {Knoll}, n. & v.]
    The stoke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the death of a
    person; a death signal; a passing bell; hence, figuratively,
    a warning of, or a sound indicating, the passing away of
          The dead man's knell Is there scarce asked for who.
          The curfew tolls the knell of parting day. --Gray.
  2. \Knell\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Knelled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Knelling}.] [OE. knellen, knillen, As. cnyllan. See {Knell},
    To sound as a knell; especially, to toll at a death or
    funeral; hence, to sound as a warning or evil omen.
          Not worth a blessing nor a bell to knell for thee.
                                                   --Beau. & Fl.
          Yet all that poets sing, and grief hath known, Of hopes
          laid waste, knells in that word, ``alone''. --Ld.
  3. \Knell\, v. t.
    To summon, as by a knell.
          Each matin bell, the baron saith, Knells us back to a
          world of death.                          --Coleridge.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: annihilation, bane, bell, bemoan, bewail, biological death, bong, cessation of life, change ringing, chime, chiming, chink, clang, clanging, clangor, clank, clanking, clinical death, clink, coronach, crossing the bar, curtains, dead march, death, death bell, death knell, death song, debt of nature, decease, demise, departure, deplore, ding, ding-a-ling, dingdong, dinging, dingle, dirge, dissolution, dong, donging, doom, dying, ebb of life, elegize, elegy, end, end of life, ending, epicedium, eternal rest, eulogy, exit, expiration, extinction, extinguishment, final summons, finger of death, funeral march, funeral oration, funeral ring, funeral song, give sorrow words, going, going off, gong, grave, graveside oration, grieve, hand of death, jangle, jaws of death, jingle, jinglejangle, jingle-jangle, jingling, keen, knelling, lament, last debt, last muster, last rest, last roundup, last sleep, leaving life, loss of life, making an end, moan, monody, mourn, passing, passing away, passing bell, passing over, peal, peal ringing, pealing, perishing, quietus, release, repine, requiem, rest, reward, ring, ring changes, ringing, sentence of death, shades of death, shadow of death, sigh, sing the blues, sleep, somatic death, sorrow, sound, sound a knell, summons of death, threnode, threnody, ting, ting-a-ling, tingle, tingling, tink, tinkle, tinkling, tinnitus, tintinnabulate, toll, tolling, weep over