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knell



Pronunciation: (nel), [key]
n.
1. the sound made by a bell rung slowly, esp. for a death or a funeral.
2. a sound or sign announcing the death of a person or the end, extinction, failure, etc., of something: the knell of parting day.
3. any mournful sound.

v.i.
1. to sound, as a bell, esp. a funeral bell.
2. to give forth a mournful, ominous, or warning sound.

v.t.
to proclaim or summon by, or as if by, a bell.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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