sound/ring/toll the death knell


Definition of sound/ring/toll the death knell

: to cause the end of
  • Many people thought that the Internet would sound/ring/toll the death knell for newspapers.

Word by Word Definitions

sound play
  1. : free from injury or disease

  2. : free from flaw, defect, or decay

  3. : solid, firm

  1. : to the full extent : thoroughly

  1. : a particular auditory impression : tone

  2. : the sensation perceived by the sense of hearing

  3. : mechanical radiant energy that is transmitted by longitudinal pressure waves in a material medium (such as air) and is the objective cause of hearing

  1. : to cause to sound

  2. : pronounce

  3. : to put into words : voice

  1. : a long broad inlet of the ocean generally parallel to the coast

  2. : a long passage of water connecting two larger bodies (such as a sea with the ocean) or separating a mainland and an island

  3. : the air bladder of a fish

  1. : to measure the depth of : fathom

  2. : to try to find out the views or intentions of : probe

  3. : to explore or examine (a body cavity) with a sound

  1. : an elongated instrument for exploring or sounding body cavities

ring play
  1. : a circular band for holding, connecting, hanging, pulling, packing, or sealing

  2. : a circlet usually of precious metal worn especially on the finger

  3. : a circular line, figure, or object

  1. : to provide with a ring

  2. : to place or form a ring around : encircle

  3. : girdle

  1. : to sound resonantly or sonorously

  2. : to be filled with a reverberating sound : resound

  3. : to have the sensation of being filled with a humming sound

  1. : a set of bells

  2. : a clear resonant sound made by or resembling that made by vibrating metal

  3. : resonant tone : sonority

toll play
  1. : a tax or fee paid for some liberty or privilege (as of passing over a highway or bridge)

  2. : compensation for services rendered: such as

  3. : a charge for transportation

  1. : to take or levy toll

  2. : to exact part of as a toll

  3. : to take as toll

  1. : to sound with slow measured strokes

  2. : to sound (a bell) by pulling the rope

  3. : to give signal or announcement of

  1. : the sound of a tolling bell

  1. : allure, entice

  2. : to entice (game) to approach

  3. : to attract (fish) with scattered bait

death play
  1. : a permanent cessation of all vital (see vital 2a) functions : the end of life — compare brain death

  2. : an instance of dying

  3. : the cause or occasion of loss of life

knell play
  1. : a stroke or sound of a bell especially when rung slowly (as for a death, funeral, or disaster)

  2. : an indication of the end or the failure of something

  1. : to summon or announce by or as if by a knell

  2. : to ring especially for a death, funeral, or disaster : toll

  3. : to sound in an ominous manner or with an ominous effect

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relating to a homily or preaching

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