the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something
ring as in announcing death
make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification
"Ring the bells"; "My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church"
The stroke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the death of a person; a death signal; a passing bell; hence, (figuratively), a warning or harbinger of, or a sound indicating, the passing away of anything; -- also called death knell.
Origin: [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 sound of a bell knelling; a toll.
to ring a bell slowly, especially for a funeral; to toll.
to signal or proclaim something by ringing a bell.
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 anything
to sound as a knell; especially, to toll at a death or funeral; hence, to sound as a warning or evil omen
to summon, as by a knell
Origin: [OE. knellen, knillen, As. cnyllan. See Knell, n.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
nel, n. the stroke of a bell: the sound of a bell at a death or funeral.—v.i. to sound as a bell: toll.—v.t. to summon as by a tolling bell. [A.S. cnyllan, to beat noisily; Dut. and Ger. knallen.]
The numerical value of knell in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of knell in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I don’t think being left out of the debate is a death knell.
I would have thought this would be a death knell for that company because their entire business basis is privacy, it just goes to say that all press is good press...The awareness of the brand is through the roof.
The death-knell of the republic had rung as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others.
His entire campaign is based on him being a blunt instrument he can get back at Washington with. If he dulls those edges, that would be the death knell for him. it will be interesting to see how Scott Walker performs in this environment. I think we have to see if this [debate] diminishes his stature or he is able to craft an everyman persona who is a nice contrast to the bigger personalities.
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- قرعة الناقوسArabic
- umíráček, zvonitCzech
- stemt nedDanish
- πένθιμη κωδωνοκρουσίαGreek
- toque de difuntosSpanish
- صدای Persian
- kumina, kilinä, kellonsoitto, kilistää, soitto, kumistaa, kuolinkellotFinnish
- beum-cluig, seirmScottish Gaelic
- समाधिवाली झंकारHindi
- lélekharang szavaHungarian
- tanda burukIndonesian
- rintocco, rintocco funebreItalian
- podzwonne, bić w dzwon, dzwonićPolish
- dobre a finadosPortuguese
- звон, звонить, предвещатьRussian
- matem çanıTurkish
- chuông báo chếtVietnamese
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