"You are forty-two, you are old, you are nobody," was knelling through her brain.
Faintly out of the frosty air was wafted the knelling of midnight.
If he were sighted from above, what should stay those bells from knelling for him.
Her lover, hearing the knelling and chanting, puts himself in the way and bids the bearers stop.
These are mournful, but somewhat hopeful strains; for one who feels that "time has long been knelling, sad one, depart!"
Heavy Benson's tongue was knelling dinner as Richard arrived at the Abbey.
Old English cnyll "sound made by a bell when struck or rung slowly," perhaps of imitative origin. The Welsh cnull "death-bell" appears to be a borrowing from English. For vowel evolution, see bury.
Old English cnyllan "to toll a bell; strike, knock," cognate with Middle High German erknellen "to resound," Old Norse knylla "to beat, thrash;" probably imitative. Related: Knelled; knelling.