Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small rounded hill or mound; a hillock.
  • intransitive v. To ring mournfully; knell.
  • transitive v. To ring or sound (a bell, for example) mournfully; knell.
  • n. A knell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small mound or rounded hill.
  • n. A knell.
  • v. To ring (a bell) mournfully: to knell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little round hill; a mound; a small elevation of earth; the top or crown of a hill.
  • n. The tolling of a bell; a knell.
  • intransitive v. To sound, as a bell; to knell.
  • transitive v. To ring, as a bell; to strike a knell upon; to toll; to proclaim, or summon, by ringing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To ring, as a bell; especially, to ring slowly, for or as for a funeral; toll; knell.
  • To ring or sound a knell for; warn or draw by the sound of a bell.
  • To sound, as a bell; ring.
  • n. The ringing of a bell: as, the curfew knoll.
  • n. The top or crown of a hill; more generally, a small, gently rounded hill or mount.
  • n. A turnip.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small natural hill

Etymologies

Middle English knol, from Old English cnoll.
Middle English knollen, probably alteration of knellen, to knell; see knell.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English cnoll ("summit"). Related to Old Norse knollr (found only in names of places), Dutch knol ("tuber"), Swedish knöl ("tuber"), Danish knold ("hillock, clod, tuber") and German Knolle ("bulb") (Wiktionary)
Imitative, or variant of knell. (Wiktionary)

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