brick wall


Definition of brick wall

1 : a wall made of brick
2 : an immovable block or obstruction the plan ran into a brick wall

Examples of brick wall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Inset into an original brick wall, now painted white, is a working wood fireplace. John Ellement, Real Estate, "Home of the Week: For under $500,000, an updated Hanover farmhouse," 29 Aug. 2019 The Dave Bowen Orchestra plays the back bar at the Red Door.(The Red Door) The Red Door Martini Bar, near Temple Square, is an intimate, candlelit den with red brick walls and an enormous mural of Che Guevara’s face. James Charisma, Los Angeles Times, "A guide to Salt Lake City’s burgeoning bar scene," 3 Aug. 2019 Farr and partner Andrew Ghetia worked with Wylie Price Design to transform what was formerly Glenn’s Hot Dogs while retaining the original brick walls, rafters and paneling. Linda Zavoral, The Mercury News, "4505 Burgers & BBQ finally sets Oakland opening date," 3 June 2019 The brick walls that line our runway were chipped with bullets. Paul Steyn, National Geographic, "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off," 2 May 2019 Here, wooden floors and furniture meet exposed brick walls, candles flicker on every table, and the vibe is relaxed and open. The Plum Guide, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eat Chic: 13 Cozy Wine Bars in NYC to Visit ASAP," 12 Aug. 2019 Drivers will pass more suburban residential areas enclosed by brick walls, chain restaurants and local businesses throughout this strip. Dallas News, "How long is North Texas’ Belt Line (or Beltline) Road? Curious Texas goes for a ride.," 9 Aug. 2019 Firefighters broke through a brick wall from the parking garage to get to the six passengers. Alejandro Serrano,, "2 elevators got stuck at Chicago’s former John Hancock Center over a recent weekend: ‘I don’t know what they have to do’," 29 July 2019 Sometime that morning, a Stevens County white supremacist named Kevin Harpham planted a backpack bomb on the parade route near a metal bench and a brick wall, a block away from my apartment. Leah Sottile, Longreads, "Chapter Five: The Remnant," 20 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'brick wall.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of brick wall

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about brick wall

Statistics for brick wall

Last Updated

11 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for brick wall

The first known use of brick wall was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

More from Merriam-Webster on brick wall

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with brick wall

Comments on brick wall

What made you want to look up brick wall? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


authorized for issue (as a bond)

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!