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

And the finishes — high-gloss on the walls and matte on the ceiling — provide contrast. Kristina Orrego, The Seattle Times, "Move over statement walls, ceilings are the hot new focal point," 12 Feb. 2019 White walls and innocuous fixtures became popular among home decorators in part because of the Recession — the housing bubble being the very root of the financial crisis — and the lifestyle magazine Kinfolk (est. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 There’s also a lounge downstairs with hot pink walls and DJ who plays late into the night. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Winter," 4 Feb. 2019 Yes, there are multiple layers of muscles (plus soft tissue, nerves, and blood vessels) that make up the full abdominal wall. Amy Marturana, SELF, "31 of the Best Core Exercises You Can Do at Home," 2 Feb. 2019 Architect Jamie Fernández restored a 250-year-old mini-castle from ruins to create a unique home with fossils embedded in the walls. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "For Sale: a Mini English Castle," 30 Jan. 2019 Get up to 70% off categories like bedroom furniture, TV stands, patio furniture, bedding, wall art and décor, storage, and more. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Where to Find the Best Presidents' Day Sales of 2019," 28 Jan. 2019 The couple tore down walls, added a room, and swapped earthy browns for airy whites. Laura Kostelny, Country Living, "Step Inside a Serene Bungalow," 25 Jan. 2019 After giving birth to her second child naturally, Kim began suffering from placenta accreta, a condition in which the placenta is bound to the uterine wall. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Kim Kardashian Just Confirmed She's Having a Fourth Child," 15 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 2014, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a group of atheists and agnostics that uses advocacy and litigation to wall off government from religion, filed a lawsuit challenging the practice. Joe Palazzolo, WSJ, "Prayers at School Board Meetings Test Church-State Divide," 27 Dec. 2018 Trump said Tuesday that the closed parts of the government will remain that way until Democrats agree to wall off the U.S.-Mexico border to deter criminal elements. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "Post-holiday, partial government shutdown to gain impact," 25 Dec. 2018 Affecting up to 90 percent of women (due to estrogen and genetics), cellulite occurs when fat cells swell and push through the tight, fibrous tissue bands (or septa) walling them in, creating a dimpled or lumpy appearance. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 To best experience the Forbidden City, the enormous walled 15th-century structure at Beijing's heart, later in the day is actually better. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 Found high up in the hills of Mount Olympus, the walled and fenced spot takes in sweeping city views from nearly every room. Neal J. Leitereg, The Seattle Times, "‘The Notebook’ director is ready to turn the page," 28 Aug. 2018 President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, riding a wave of heated rhetoric aimed at immigrants and promises to finish walling off the border. Aaron Nelsen, San Antonio Express-News, "After arrest of Valley organizer, immigrant community retreats to the shadows," 23 Apr. 2018 Betty rips the page out of the file and runs for the basement, searching for the door Veronica and Toni used to break Cheryl out of SOQM and finds that it’s been walled off with bricks. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 3 Episode 7: Why Has No One Noticed Betty Is Missing?," 6 Dec. 2018 Finally, a custom rear shower and toilet area has handsome teak flooring and is easily walled off from the rest of the van thanks to privacy shades. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Camper van sleeps four and hides a clever bathroom," 21 Sep. 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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