knell


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Knell \Knell\, v. t.
   To summon, as by a knell.
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         Each matin bell, the baron saith,
         Knells us back to a world of death.      --Coleridge.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Knell \Knell\, n. [OE. knel, cnul, AS. cnyll, fr. cnyllan to
   sound a bell; cf. D. & G. knallen to clap, crack, G. & Sw.
   knall a clap, crack, loud sound, Dan. knalde to clap, crack.
   Cf. Knoll, n. & v.]
   The stroke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the death of a
   person; a death signal; a passing bell; hence,
   (figuratively), a warning or harbinger of, or a sound
   indicating, the passing away of anything; -- also called
   death knell.
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         The dead man's knell
         Is there scarce asked for who.           --Shak.
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         The curfew tolls the knell of parting day. --Gray.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Knell \Knell\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Knelled; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Knelling.] [OE. knellen, knillen, As. cnyllan. See Knell,
   n.]
   To sound as a knell; especially, to toll at a death or
   funeral; hence, to sound as a warning or evil omen.
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         Not worth a blessing nor a bell to knell for thee.
                                                  --Beau. & Fl.
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         Yet all that poets sing, and grief hath known,
         Of hopes laid waste, knells in that word, "alone".
                                                  --Ld. Lytton.
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