Part of speech: verb

To sound as a knell; give a sad or warning sound.

Part of speech: noun

The tolling of a bell to announce a death.

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Usage examples "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", 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", 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", Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson.