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

Trippier struck a sweet effort over the Croatia wall in the fifth minute, guiding it perfectly past goalkeeper Danijel Subasic and into the top scorer. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Croatia tops England in extra time to reach World Cup final," 11 July 2018 Maybe even hit one over the wall and into the fountains. Shaun Goodwin, kansascity, "Ban Johnson League offers brothers rare chance to play together," 10 July 2018 That's a smoldering tractor trailer over the sound barrier wall. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "BREAKING: Fiery tractor-trailer crash shuts down I-75 North," 9 July 2018 Daniels was the first African-American woman to go over the wall in a NASCAR national series event. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Patriotism gets big boost at Daytona," 8 July 2018 He then veered left, striking Wolff and Cohen and sending them over the concrete wall. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Driver pays $280 fine, ending Md. traffic case after deaths of two law enforcement officers," 6 July 2018 In pursuit of it, Springer flipped over the short wall and tumbled into the first row of seats — a collision that, at the moment, did not appear to hurt him. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "George Springer comes off Astros bench to pinch run a day after injuring back," 1 July 2018 Gray got ahead of Devers 1-2 but floated a waist-high curveball that Devers lofted just over the left-field wall. Jake Seiner, courant.com, "Sale Pitches Gem, Devers Slams Gray As Sox Whip Yankees," 30 June 2018 But Brandon Crawford led off the second for the Giants by golfing a low pitch in the zone over the right field wall for a 1-0 lead. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Shelby Miller gets roughed up by Giants in second start, says he expects more from himself," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 What was supposed to be the bedroom closet was walled up and two bookcases were built with enough space for a pull-out couch in between them. Sue Strachan, NOLA.com, "Why downsize? Designer makes the move from condominium to home in style," 30 May 2018 McCain also criticizes the way in which many Americans have walled themselves off from those who disagree with them, writing about his friendships with Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and Ted Kennedy. CBS News, ""The Restless Wave": Parting words from John McCain," 20 May 2018 White, wriggly grubs about the size of a human thumb are walling themselves off inside rotting logs. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Watch a Sausage-Size Insect Transform From Larva to Beetle," 11 May 2018 But at least some of those strategies could find new ways of accommodating Boston’s tides rather than walling them off. Courtney Humphries, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston vs. the rising tide," 28 Apr. 2018 The film takes place in a future authoritarian state that has walled itself away from a world ravaged by climate chaos and resource wars. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "Kathy Bates, Eva Green and Ed Skrein Join Sci-Fi Thriller 'A Patriot'," 27 Apr. 2018 What’s clear is that an aging woman, numbed by the nonstop avalanche of modern atrocity, has walled herself off — again, like so many. Joan Frank, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Winter,’ by Ali Smith," 11 Jan. 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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