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[nohl] /noʊl/
a small, rounded hill or eminence; hillock.
Origin of knoll1
before 900; Middle English cnol, Old English cnoll; cognate with Norwegian knoll hillock; akin to Dutch knol turnip, Icelandic knollur, German Knollen, Danish knold tuber
Related forms
knolly, adjective


[nohl] /noʊl/ Archaic.
verb (used with object)
to ring or toll a bell for; announce by tolling.
to ring or toll (a bell).
verb (used without object)
to sound, as a bell; ring.
to sound a knell.
a stroke of a bell in ringing or tolling.
1350-1400; Middle English (noun and v.); variant of knell
Related forms
knoller, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for knoll
Historical Examples
  • I mean to place it on that knoll—that high knoll—the highest spot in your cemetery.

    Solander's Radio Tomb Ellis Parker Butler
  • There are several plantations on that knoll, and the water is lifting the houses on it.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • As White Otter mounted his pony and started away, however, the warrior on the knoll suddenly showed signs of life.

    The War Trail Elmer Russell Gregor
  • Your company was pinned down on a knoll by a battery of field artillery.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • They just broke out from behind that knoll, Bruce answered, indicating with a wave of his hand a rise in the plain.

    Mason of Bar X Ranch Henry Bennett
  • On the 2d of September, from a knoll nearer the roost, he counted 1883 entries.

    The Foot-path Way Bradford Torrey
  • As to hewing the knoll into terraces up and down again, tear up that confounded plan.

    The Garden, You, and I Mabel Osgood Wright
  • Their elders were hidden from the wallowing hippopotami by the crest of the knoll.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells
  • "There's a lion, right enough," said Jack, as one of the tawny beasts bounded away from a knoll to their right.

    The Rogue Elephant Elliott Whitney
  • This was how it was: A spring of clear water arose at the top of a knoll.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for knoll


a small rounded hill
Derived Forms
knolly, adjective
Word Origin
Old English cnoll; compare Old Norse knollr hilltop


noun, verb
an archaic or dialect word for knell
Derived Forms
knoller, noun
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Word Origin and History for knoll

Old English cnoll "hilltop, small hill, clod, ball," related to Old Norse knollr "hilltop;" German knolle "clod, lump;" Dutch knol "turnip," nol "a hill."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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