AskDefine | Define knell

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


1 ring as in announcing death
2 make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification; "Ring the bells"; "My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church" [syn: ring]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. of a bell, to ring slowly, especially for a funeral; to toll.
  2. to signal or proclaim something by ringing a bell.


  1. the sound of a bell knelling; a toll.


sound of a bell knelling

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