- 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
- to ring or toll a bell for; announce by tolling.
- to ring or toll (a bell).
- to sound, as a bell; ring.
- to sound a knell.
- a stroke of a bell in ringing or tolling.
Origin of knoll2
1350–1400; Middle English (noun and v.); variant of knell
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Examples from the Web for knoll
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.
From the knoll where he stood he could see every inch of that hollow and it was untenanted.
He was sitting upon a knoll, his hands clasped about his knees.
- a small rounded hill
Old English cnoll; compare Old Norse knollr hilltop
- an archaic or dialect word for knell
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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."
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