What does the word knell mean?

Usage examples for knell

  1. But day by day the weather grew worse, with snow and ice paving the streets with a glassy glare and choking the frozen drains; and there was trouble and want among the poor in the wretched alleys near Carew's house: for fuel was high and food scarce, and there were many deaths, so that the knell was tolling constantly. – Master Skylark by John Bennett
  2. The words were a death knell to her, and she said afterwards that what she suffered in that moment was beyond all the other agony of her life. – Ten Girls from History by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
  3. Apparently the entwined letters were M. R. L. " Forgive me, dear Man," were the first words I read, and they rang like a knell in my heart. – The Princess Passes by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson