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Definitionthe sound of a bell rung slowly — especially to announce death or a funeral
announcing the demise or end of something
- 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.Chapters 55-57 (38% in)
- 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.Chapters 55-57 (33% in)
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