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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
  • The lower or "knoll" mounds were used as the sepulchres of the dead.

    The Nation in a Nutshell George Makepeace Towle
  • He and Carnes jumped from their shelter and ran over the knoll.

    The Solar Magnet Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • The minute afterward they arrived at the crest of the knoll.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • From the knoll where he stood he could see every inch of that hollow and it was untenanted.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He was sitting upon a knoll, his hands clasped about his knees.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Mrs. "Web" Saunders, quietly weeping, was seated on a knoll near the pump.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • For a minute or so there was a lively shindy on top of that knoll.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • She hastened away, down the knoll and along the beach toward the hotel.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • If he were once in command of that knoll, the besiegers at its foot would be forced to retire.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • He quickly slipped his rifle from its case, and started up the knoll.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
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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