1. a small, rounded hill or eminence; hillock.

verb (used with object)

  1. to ring or toll a bell for; announce by tolling.
  2. to ring or toll (a bell).

verb (used without object)

  1. to sound, as a bell; ring.
  2. to sound a knell.


  1. a stroke of a bell in ringing or tolling.


  1. a small rounded hill

noun, verb

  1. an archaic or dialect word for knell

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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