Knell

Definition of Knell

n.1.The stroke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the death of a person; a death signal; a passing bell;
The dead man's knell
Is there scarce asked for who.
- Shak.
The curfew tolls the knell of parting day.
- Gray.
v. i.1.To sound as a knell; especially, to toll at a death or funeral; hence, to sound as a warning or evil omen.
[imp. & p. p. Knelled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Knelling.]
Not worth a blessing nor a bell to knell for thee.
- Beau. & Fl.
Yet all that poets sing, and grief hath known,
Of hopes laid waste, knells in that word, "alone".
- Ld. Lytton.
v. t.1.To summon, as by a knell.
Each matin bell, the baron saith,
Knells us back to a world of death.
- Coleridge.

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