wall

noun
\ ˈwȯl How to pronounce wall (audio) \

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 How to pronounce wall-like (audio) \ 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

Instead of ending up in landfills or being pulverized, the materials become floors in a Southampton, N.Y., pool house, walls in high-end Washington, D.C., condos and the ceiling of an... Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Brick by Brick, Baltimore’s Blighted Houses Get a New Life," 5 Apr. 2019 The publication also notes that the framed photo appeared to be hanging on a wall, which suggests someone may have taken the photo inside the Carter home. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "A Private Photo of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Children Was Leaked on Social Media," 4 Apr. 2019 Seattle took control of the game int he fifth inning when Bruce ambushed a first-pitch, 91-mph fastball from Rodriguez, sending a laser over the wall in deep right-center for a three-run homer. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Whew! Mariners hang on to beat Red Sox despite three ninth-inning errors," 30 Mar. 2019 Eggshell is a great option for walls in medium- to low-traffic areas, and can be easily cleaned. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Choosing the Right Paint Finish: Eggshell Vs. Satin," 25 Feb. 2019 Jeffries is a true shoe lover who says over 200 pairs line the walls in her home. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chantel Jeffries Shops For the Most Vegas-Worthy Heels," 21 Feb. 2019 That said, if this fight over Trump’s border wall keeps going, the president will have to tell Border Patrol or TSA officers that their paychecks will have to wait a little bit longer. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Trump’s approval rating drops to Charlottesville levels during shutdown," 27 Dec. 2018 The predominant limestone and sandstone walls in Mammoth Cave tend to reflect sound in aesthetically pleasing ways. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Cave acoustics can help sculpt more realistic sounds in digital space," 14 Nov. 2018 Almost no mention was made of the president’s national emergency declaration to expand the border wall with Mexico, even though the House was voting on an effort to block it as the senators lunched. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Trump takes victory lap; parties start to pivot past Russia," 27 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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," 5 Mar. 2019 And during Trump's visit to South Korea in 2017, more than 15,000 officers provided security, using hundreds of police buses to create tight perimeters near Seoul's presidential palace to wall off anti-Trump protesters. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "A Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul? It would be surreal challenge," 20 Sep. 2018 Ahmed notes that the two concepts are rooted in a primordial tribal impulse to wall off familiar locals from (presumably prickly) outsiders. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, New York Times, "Can Islamic and European Civilizations Coexist?," 28 Mar. 2018 The current thinking is that inflammation helps lead to a buildup of plaque within the blood vessels which the body attempt to wall off from the flow of blood. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The Science on Weight and Health," 26 June 2018 Whereas breaking up Facebook into smaller companies would mean splitting one walled garden into several more, mandating interoperability just tears down the walls. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "If You Want To Fix Facebook, Tear Down Its Walls," 31 July 2018 The Celtics spent all five games walling him off in the transition game, and packing the lane in the half-court. David Murphy, Philly.com, "Celtics' NBA playoff win teaches Sixers a lot about where they need to go from here | David Murphy," 10 May 2018 And the dramatically window-walled dining room hits the spot between comfortable and sparely stylish. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Via Vite: The restaurant that does it all," 19 Jan. 2018 In spring, the colors of the leaves outdoors and the bedroom walls almost blend together, really breaking down the indoor/outdoor barrier. Michael Lassell, ELLE Decor, "Field Notes," 4 May 2012

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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 How to pronounce wall (audio) \

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 How to pronounce wall (audio) \

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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