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Princeton's WordNet

  1. knellverb

    the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something

  2. knellverb

    ring as in announcing death

  3. ring, knellverb

    make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification

    "Ring the bells"; "My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church"

GCIDE

  1. Knellnoun

    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.

    Etymology: [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.]

Wiktionary

  1. knellnoun

    the sound of a bell knelling; a toll.

  2. knellverb

    to ring a bell slowly, especially for a funeral; to toll.

  3. knellverb

    to signal or proclaim something by ringing a bell.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knellnoun

    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

    Etymology: [OE. knellen, knillen, As. cnyllan. See Knell, n.]

  2. Knellnoun

    to sound as a knell; especially, to toll at a death or funeral; hence, to sound as a warning or evil omen

    Etymology: [OE. knellen, knillen, As. cnyllan. See Knell, n.]

  3. Knellverb

    to summon, as by a knell

    Etymology: [OE. knellen, knillen, As. cnyllan. See Knell, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Knell

    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.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of knell in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of knell in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of knell in a Sentence

  1. James Gagliano:

    I have never been exposed to someone as prepared, as fair, as impartial, as unbiased and as precise in his language as John Gleeson, john Gotti could spell a death knell for a case just in three or four words.

  2. Theodore Roosevelt:

    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.

  3. John Beck:

    Michigan State University’s probably more a spur toaction than a huge death knell.

  4. Mark Brooks:

    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.

  5. Steve Deace:

    I don’t think being left out of the debate is a death knell.

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