from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To ring slowly and solemnly, especially for a funeral; toll.
- intransitive v. To give forth a mournful or ominous sound.
- transitive v. To signal, summon, or proclaim by tolling.
- n. The sound of a bell knelling; a toll.
- n. A signal of disaster or destruction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to ring a bell slowly, especially for a funeral; to toll.
- v. to signal or proclaim something by ringing a bell.
- n. the sound of a bell knelling; a toll.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The stroke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the death of a person; a death signal; a passing bell
- intransitive v. To sound as a knell; especially, to toll at a death or funeral; hence, to sound as a warning or evil omen.
- transitive v. To summon, as by a knell.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strike; knock.
- To toll, as a bell; ring for or at a funeral; knoll.
- To summon by or as if by a knell.
- To sound, as a bell, especially as a funeral bell.
- Hence To sound as an omen or a warning of coming evil.
- n. The sound caused by striking a bell; especially, the sound of a bell rung with solemn slowness at or for a funeral; a passing-bell.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. ring as in announcing death
- v. make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification
- n. the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something
Middle English knellen, from Old English cnyllan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)