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Word: knell

Definition: tolling of a bell especially to indicate a funeral, disaster, etc.; sound of the funeral bell; V.


Sentences Containing 'knell'

The plain cotton frock of our grandmothers had its death knell sounded a few years ago, when John Mercer showed that cotton fabrics soaked in caustic soda assumed under certain conditions a silky sheen, and when dyed took on beautiful and varied hues.
Never did funeral knell, never did alarm bell, produce a greater effect on the hearer.
There was a bell on board; and as the ship rolled and dashed, like a desperate creature driven mad, now showing us the whole sweep of her deck, as she turned on her beam-ends towards the shore, now nothing but her keel, as she sprung wildly over and turned towards the sea, the bell rang; and its sound, the knell of those unhappy men, was borne towards us on the wind.
He had a singular red cap on,--not like a sailor's cap, but of a finer colour; and as the few yielding planks between him and destruction rolled and bulged, and his anticipative death-knell rung, he was seen by all of us to wave it.
What means that little word?--What death-knell rings in it, that old Ahab shakes as if he were the belfry.

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