wall

noun
\ˈwȯl \

Definition of wall 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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

wall

verb (1)
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

wall

verb (2)
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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Other Words from wall

Noun

wall-like \ˈwȯl-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms for wall

Synonyms: Noun

barricade, barrier, fence, hedge

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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

On either side of the wall is a giant mascot head representing each chain. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fortnite’s frantic food fight is its best mode yet," 15 Nov. 2018 My turquoise guitar on the wall was given to me when on tour with Miranda Lambert. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Voice' Star RaeLynn Has a Piece of Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton in Her Home," 4 Nov. 2018 You may be put into ~interesting~ positions, like with your leg on a wall or on all fours. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "8 Things You Need to Know Before Getting a Bikini Wax," 2 Aug. 2018 Despite the assurances of pundits and pollsters that Wisconsin, which had not gone for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984, was part of Clinton’s impregnable blue wall, Donald Trump carried the state. Glenn C. Altschuler, Philly.com, "'Fall of Wisconsin': Why Dems lose, and keep on losing," 13 July 2018 In the motel on Wednesday morning, Isabella leaned across an ironing board toward a mirror on the wall, applying makeup. New York Times, "‘It’s Like Each Day Is a Year’: A Migrant Mother’s Wait for a Reunion," 13 July 2018 In addition to the hot spots, Phoenix fire is using extreme caution due to the lack of structural integrity of the remaining walls, Subervi said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Lessons from Phoenix firefighter's 2001 death influenced way crews handled Safeway fire," 12 July 2018 Wolff likens the consumer interest in photographing Birds in front of graphic walls, and the brand’s own embrace of these images on its feed, to J.Crew’s 2013 Shiny Ponies campaign. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "How Scooters Became A Go-To Instagram Prop — & The Next Transportation Revolution," 12 July 2018 Host Dylan Matthews wakes up to a view of a grim, grey sea wall. Byrd Pinkerton, Vox, "13 of Vox’s best podcast episodes of 2018," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If the previous era had been defined by companies like Google and Facebook, with their giant walled gardens, the next era would look more like the previous one, with open technologies like email and web browsers. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Coinbase thrived when cryptocurrencies crashed. Can it take the blockchain back to the mainstream?," 27 Sep. 2018 The ’60s were pretty well walled-off from the Super Bowl era. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘The NFL is like a drug lord and football is like crack,’ says ‘Big Game’ author Mark Leibovich," 10 Sep. 2018 Please do not wall off our national zoo from the community. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, "Plans for new Zoo fence and entrance put on hold," 12 July 2018 And the conference center where shots were fired remained walled off. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "What happens to the sites of mass shootings depends on where and what they are," 10 July 2018 The canyon walls rising on either side pale in comparison to the network of towers and buttes that reveal themselves downriver, where the river cuts further into the landscape. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Lees Ferry: Gateway to Grand Canyon rafting and the Colorado River," 9 July 2018 Tim tentatively backed #69 from her slip, walled between neighboring boats with only inches to spare on either side. Sunset, "The Ultimate Venue for Your Next Family Vacay? A Houseboat," 22 Jan. 2018 And America’s 326m potential consumers, walled up behind trade barriers, may not prove such an appealing market as Asia’s nearly 4bn consumers at a time when dynamic Asian economies are opening to each other. The Economist, "Asia is at last waking up to the threat of a trade war," 28 June 2018 Client Hyper-V Not many business professionals will probably care about virtualization, the ability to wall off a portion of your hard drive into a virtual PC, complete with its own operating system. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Who needs Windows 10 Pro: 5 reasons to upgrade," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of wall

Noun

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

Noun

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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wall

noun

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)

wall

noun
\ˈwȯl \

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

wall

verb
walled; walling

Kids Definition of wall (Entry 2 of 2)

: to build or have a wall in or around

wall

noun
\ˈwȯl \

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 \ adjective

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