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Knell is sometimes a misspelling of knife.
Knell (sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure) is considered to be an advanced word, according to the Kaplan GRE Exam Vocabulary in a Box, which includes 500 college- and graduate-level words that frequently appear on the Graduate Record Exam.
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Definition of the noun knell
What does knell mean as a name of something?
noun - plural: knells
- the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something
Alternative definition of the noun knell
- the sound of a bell knelling; a toll.
Definition of the noun knell for high school students
- the solemn sound of a bell, often indicating a death
- example: Echoing throughout our village, the funeral knell made the stormy day even more grim.
The noun knell is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.
Definition of the verb knell
What does knell mean as a doing word?
verb - inflections: knelled | knelling | knells
- ring as in announcing death
Syntactic formula Example for the syntactic formula there [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location] There ticked a grandather clock in the hallway [Agent] [Verb] [Theme] I buzzed the bell [Location] [Verb] with [Theme] The street sang with horns [Theme - inanimate] [Verb] The door hinges squeaked [Theme - inanimate] [Verb] [Oblique] The bell chimed the hour [Theme - inanimate] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] Horns beeped in the street [Locative Preposition] [Location] [Verb] [Theme] In the hallway ticked a gradfather clock
Verbs of Emission (with the same syntax): babble, bang, beat, beep, bellow, blare, blast, blat, boom, bubble, burble, burr, buzz, chatter, chime, chink, chitter, chug, clack, clang, clank, clap, clash, clatter, click, cling, clink, clomp, clump, clunk, crack, crackle, crash, creak, crepitate, crunch, cry, ding, dong, drone, explode, fizz, fizzle, groan, growl, gurgle, hiss, hoot, howl, hum, jangle, jingle, knock, lilt, moan, murmur, patter, peal, ping, pink, pipe, plonk, plop, plunk, pop, purr, putter, rap, rasp, rattle, ring, roar, roll, rumble, rustle, scream, screech, shriek, shrill, sing, sizzle, snap, sough, sound, splash, splutter, sputter, squawk, squeak, squeal, squelch, strike, swish, swoosh, thrum, thud, thump, thunder, thunk, tick, ting, tinkle, toll, toot, tootle, trill, trumpet, twang, ululate, vroom, wail, wheeze, whine, whir, whish, whisper, whistle, whoosh, zing.
- lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
- more generic words: peal / ring = sound loudly and sonorously
- make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification
Alternative definition of the verb knell
- [intransitive] to ring a bell slowly, especially for a funeral; to toll.
- [transitive] to signal or proclaim something by ringing a bell.
"Knell" is a musical album of Nucleus Torn.
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Chosen English (1896)
Selections from Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, Lamb, Scott by Adele Ellis
rising knell : a knell whose sound is beginning. The knell is the sound of a funeral -bell ...
by Jean-Luc Nancy, Aurélien Barrau
The knell, however, did notuse to announce onlydeath aswe sometimes believe, but also the throesof death, thedisappearance thatwilloccur, theendas itis taking place, happening, orinprocess. The knell is a dynamicrather thanan ending.
by Jonathan P. Eburne, Judith Roof
Sounding its death knell is the accumulation of junk that piles up around people as they process the non-thing: in-formation (read: un-formation). The transformation is one that moves from accumulation (archiving) to processing ( thinking).
by Judith Siefring
knell. ring the knell of announce or herald the end of. The image here is of the tolling of a bell to announce a death or funeral.
by Lawrence O. Christensen, William E. Foley, Gary Kremer
KNELL, EMMA R. (1877-1963) Emma R. Knell, a businesswoman and politician, ...
A Dictionary of the English Language; in which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals; and Illustrated in Their Different Significations ... Together with a History of the Language, and an English Grammar. By Samuel Johnson ... Whith Numerous Corrections, and with the Addition of Several Thousand Words ... by the Rev. H.J. Todd ... In Four Volumes. Vol. 1. [-4.] (1818)
KNELL. h. n.s.. [cnill, cnul, Welsh, the ringing of bells, a passing-bell; cnyll, Sax. from cnyllan, to strike a bell, to ring a bell. Some refer these words, as well as knoll, to the Latin nola, a little bell, which had its name from Nola, a town ...
by Sidney Lee
KNELL, PAUL (1615 P-1664), divine, graduated B.A. from Clare ...
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Scrabble value of K5N1E1L1L1
The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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