Definition of knell:
- The stoke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the death of a person; a death signal; a passing bell; hence, figuratively, a warning of, or a sound indicating, the passing away of anything.
- To sound as a knell; especially, to toll at a death or funeral; hence, to sound as a warning or evil omen.
- To summon, as by a knell.
The sleep into which I now sank refreshed me; and when I awoke, I again felt as if I belonged to a race of human beings like myself, and I began to reflect upon what had passed with greater composure; yet still the words of the fiend rang in my ears like a death- knell; they appeared like a dream, yet distinct and oppressive as a reality.- "Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus", Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin) Shelley.
- "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.
- "The Ego and His Own", Max Stirner.