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Definition of wall

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1a : a high thick masonry structure forming a long rampart or an enclosure chiefly for defense often used in plural
b : a masonry fence around a garden, park, or estate
c : a structure that serves to hold back pressure (as of water or sliding earth)
2 : one of the sides of a room or building connecting floor and ceiling or foundation and roof
3 : the side of a footpath next to buildings
4 : an extreme or desperate position or a state of defeat, failure, or ruin the surrounded troops had their backs against the wall
5 : a material layer enclosing space the wall of a container heart walls
6 : something resembling a wall (as in appearance, function, or effect) especially : something that acts as a barrier or defense a wall of reserve tariff wall
off the wall
slang : crazy the plan was off the wall
up the wall
slang : into a state of intense agitation, annoyance, or frustration the noise drove me up the wall
walled; walling; walls

Definition of wall (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to provide, cover with, or surround with or as if with a wall wall in the garden
b : to separate by or as if by a wall walled off half the house
2a : immure walled the monster up within the tomb— E. A. Poe
b : to close (an opening) with or as if with a wall
walled; walling; walls

Definition of wall (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

of the eyes : to roll in a dramatic manner

transitive verb

: to roll (one's eyes) in a dramatic manner

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wall-like \ ˈwȯl-​ˌlīk How to pronounce wall-like (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for wall

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of wall in a Sentence

Noun A stone wall marks off their property. the Great Wall of China the walls of the ancient city She hung posters on the walls of her room. This apartment building has thin walls, and you can hear everything your neighbors say. Muscles in the abdominal wall help protect organs.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the future, Shady Distillery will be joined with Sistrunk Marketplace through a passageway in the wall. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Drink local: Shady Distillery opens at Fort Lauderdale’s Sistrunk Marketplace," 28 Oct. 2020 First, a gearing issue dropped him from pole, before an in-opportune smack into the wall in Turn 4. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Late chaos, unforced errors, Newgarden & Dixon: Insider thoughts on IndyCar's St. Pete finale," 27 Oct. 2020 Pederson made a nifty running grab on a long fly by Joey Wendle and smacked into the wall for the second out of the seventh Sunday night. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "World Series 2020 live stream (10/27): How to watch Dodgers-Rays Game 6 online, TV, time," 27 Oct. 2020 The fourth-year tight end fired the ball into the endzone wall after the catch. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Browns tight ends Harrison Bryant and David Njoku knew they needed to step up with Austin Hooper out," 26 Oct. 2020 Which play was more difficult, coming in on a ball or going back and leaping at the wall? Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, "Mookie Betts gets a chance to live out his childhood dream scenario in NLCS Game 7," 18 Oct. 2020 Rookie center fielder Cristian Pache made a leaping try at the wall, but the ball went just behind his extended glove. Stephen Hawkins, orlandosentinel.com, "Dodgers’ homers keep L.A. alive against Braves with 7-3 victory in NLCS Game 5," 17 Oct. 2020 His long ball came right after his running, leaping catch at the center field wall to rob Ozzie Albies with two on to end the Atlanta first. The Salt Lake Tribune, "11-spot: Record first carries Dodgers to 15-3 win over Braves in NLCS," 15 Oct. 2020 The highlights began in the first inning when Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier robbed Alex Bregman at the wall. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Rays' defense shines – while Jose Altuve makes another costly error – as Tampa Bay takes 3-0 ALCS lead," 14 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the present case, Trump would rather wall off Americans digitally and philosophically than establish guidelines on privacy, free speech, and data collection. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "The TikTok Fiasco Reflects the Bankruptcy of Trump’s Foreign Policy," 25 Sep. 2020 Can and should the United States try to wall off technology that doesn’t respect borders? Shira Ovide, New York Times, "TikTok Was a Wasted Opportunity," 17 Sep. 2020 The wide receiver blocks allow right tackle Ryan Ramczyk to pull behind them and become the lead blocker ahead of Kamara, while guards Andrus Peat and Larry Warford get downfield to wall off pursuing linebackers. Jeff Nowak, NOLA.com, "Alvin Kamara at 100%: After 'damn good' year despite injury, why Saints RB is primed for more," 9 Sep. 2020 The Cowboys are once again in 21 personnel but are running a wham concept, where Aaron Donald (No. 99) is left initially unblocked so that Jamize Olawale can then use his upfield penetration against him to wall Donald off from the hole. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: What separates Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott from his peers?," 7 Aug. 2020 Owned by Hana Getachew, this company's beautiful textiles—from pillows to curtains to wall hangings—are designed in Brooklyn and hand-woven in Ethiopia. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "102 Black Designers, Crafters, Makers, and More to Follow on Instagram Now," 12 June 2020 But the pandemic has stalled many cases even further, trapping some individuals in jails as hospitals try to wall themselves off from new infections. oregonlive, "For mentally ill defendants, coronavirus means few safe options," 13 July 2020 The bill also rescinds $1.4 billion from the fiscal year 2020 spending to reclaim the funding Trump last year diverted to wall construction from the Department of Defense budget. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Spending clash ahead: Democratic bills banish more statues, block new border barriers, and allow hiring of 'Dreamers'," 7 July 2020 In the case of Tanzanite, the Tanzanian government first tried to wall off the problem—literally. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "What is Tanzanite? It just made this man a millionaire. And proved African mining reforms can work.," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of wall


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for wall


Middle English, from Old English weall; akin to Middle High German wall; both from Latin vallum rampart, from vallus stake, palisade; perhaps akin to Old Norse vǫlr staff — more at wale

Verb (2)

Middle English (Scots) wawlen, probably from Middle English wawil- (in wawil-eghed walleyed)

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The first known use of wall was before the 12th century

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30 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wall. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wall

: a structure of brick, stone, etc., that surrounds an area or separates one area from another
: the structure that forms the side of a room or building
: the outer layer of something that is hollow (such as a part of the body or of a plant)


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Kids Definition of wall

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one of the sides of a room or building
2 : a solid structure (as of stone) built to enclose or shut off a space The property is surrounded by a brick wall.
3 : something that separates one thing from another a wall of mountains
4 : a layer of material enclosing space the heart wall the wall of a pipe

Other Words from wall

walled \ ˈwȯld \ adjective


walled; walling

Kids Definition of wall (Entry 2 of 2)

: to build or have a wall in or around


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Medical Definition of wall

: a structural layer surrounding a cavity, hollow organ, or mass of material molecules small enough to be absorbed through the intestinal wall— Josie Glausiusz muscles of the abdominal wall

Other Words from wall

walled \ ˈwȯld How to pronounce walled (audio) \ adjective

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