the sound made by a bell rung slowly, especially for a death or a funeral.
a sound or sign announcing the death of a person or the end, extinction, failure, etc., of something: the knell of parting day.
any mournful sound.
to sound, as a bell, especially a funeral bell.
to give forth a mournful, ominous, or warning sound.
to proclaim or summon by, or as if by, a bell.
- un·knelled, adjective
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How to use knell in a sentence
Indeed, when we look back now, 25 years later, we can see that Deep Blue’s victory wasn’t so much a triumph of AI but a kind of death knell.
An income tax “would perhaps be a form of a death knell to this little bit of momentum we were having,” Parfet told me.Two Rich Men Decided to Fund a Failing City. Some People Say They Made It Worse | Alana Semuels/Kalamazoo, Michigan | November 4, 2021 | Time
The government wanted to reduce labor and costs, but many growers view the law as a quality death knell.
Last month, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sounded what many considered to be the death knell for the SNC.
They wanted to sound the death knell for the campaign, file their stories, and get out of Memphis as soon as possible.Plight of the Republican Presidential Race’s Zombie Candidates | Matt Bennett | January 19, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
When you have somebody working for your campaign, like Grooms, who says you can't win, that is the death knell for a candidate.
I now consider it the death knell for traditional publishing.
A knell from the church bell broke harshly on these youthful thoughts.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) | Charles Dickens
The tones of the neighbouring convent bell, echoing through the stony vaults, sounded loud and awful as the knell of doom.The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
It is not so now, for when the blacks revolted and drove their masters from the land, the death-knell of civilisation was sounded.Gardens of the Caribbees, v. 1/2 | Ida May Hill Starr
When for mirth's yell earth's knell seemed pleaseSome dumb new grim great whim in him Made Jews take chalk for cheese.The Book of Humorous Verse | Various
This date this pupil translates by the phrase, “Dock knell all” .Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
British Dictionary definitions for knell
the sound of a bell rung to announce a death or a funeral
something that precipitates or indicates death or destruction
(intr) to ring a knell
(tr) to proclaim or announce by or as if by a tolling bell
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Other Idioms and Phrases with knell
see death knell.
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