But now its stroke crashed upon the silence like a tolling bell.
The news fell upon the household like the tolling of a deathbell.
They passed a church on their way, and the bell was tolling for a death.
Kate lay back on the pillow, listened to the tolling of the bell, and shuddered.
He hastened on towards the sound of the tolling bell, sharply on the watch for other breaks in the ice.
There are so many in black, and the church bells have always a tolling sound.
The last five words fell upon their ears like the tolling of a sorrowful bell.
And they sent to the keeper of the Bell-tower, and forbade the tolling of the bells.
The tolling of a bell was borne along the water; now swelling loud, and now falling softly away.
Yes, the wind brought it down the valley; but I did not know whom it was tolling for.
"tax, fee," Old English toll, variant of toln, cognate with Old Norse tollr, Old Frisian tolen, Old High German zol, German Zoll, representing an early Germanic borrowing from Late Latin tolonium "custom house," from Latin telonium "tollhouse," from Greek teloneion "tollhouse," from telones "tax-collector," from telos "tax" (see tele-; for sense, cf. finance). Originally in a general sense of "payment exacted by an authority;" meaning "charge for right of passage along a road" is from late 15c.
"to sound with single strokes," mid-15c., probably a special use of tollen "to draw, lure," early 13c. variant of Old English -tyllan in betyllan "to lure, decoy," and fortyllan "draw away, seduce," of obscure origin. The notion is perhaps of "luring" people to church with the sound of the bells, or of "drawing" on the bell rope. Related: Tolled; tolling.
one of the branches of the king of Persia's revenues (Ezra 4:13; 7:24), probably a tax levied from those who used the bridges and fords and highways.