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wall

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noun \ˈwȯl\

Definition of wall

  1. 1a :  a high thick masonry structure forming a long rampart or an enclosure chiefly for defense —often used in pluralb :  a masonry fence around a garden, park, or estatec :  a structure that serves to hold back pressure (as of water or sliding earth)

  2. 2 :  one of the sides of a room or building connecting floor and ceiling or foundation and roof

  3. 3 :  the side of a footpath next to buildings

  4. 4 :  an extreme or desperate position or a state of defeat, failure, or ruin the surrounded troops had their backs against the wall

  5. 5 :  a material layer enclosing space the wall of a container heart walls

  6. 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

wall–like

play \ˈwȯl-ˌlīk\ adjective

off the wall

  1. slang :  crazy the plan was off the wall

up the wall

  1. slang :  into a state of intense agitation, annoyance, or frustration the noise drove me up the wall

Examples of wall in a Sentence

  1. A stone wall marks off their property.

  2. the Great Wall of China

  3. the walls of the ancient city

  4. She hung posters on the walls of her room.

  5. This apartment building has thin walls, and you can hear everything your neighbors say.

  6. Muscles in the abdominal wall help protect organs.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

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wall

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Definition of wall

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to provide, cover with, or surround with or as if with a wall wall in the gardenb :  to separate by or as if by a wall walled off half the house

  3. 2a :  immure walled the monster up within the tomb — E. A. Poeb :  to close (an opening) with or as if with a wall

First Known Use of wall

13th century

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wall

verb

Definition of wall

  1. intransitive verb
  2. of the eyes :  to roll in a dramatic manner

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to roll (one's eyes) in a dramatic manner

Origin and Etymology of wall

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


WALL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of wall for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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wall

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noun \ˈwȯl\

Definition of wall for Students

  1. 1 :  one of the sides of a room or building

  2. 2 :  a solid structure (as of stone) built to enclose or shut off a space The property is surrounded by a brick wall.

  3. 3 :  something that separates one thing from another a wall of mountains

  4. 4 :  a layer of material enclosing space the heart wall the wall of a pipe

walled

\ˈwȯld\ adjective

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wall

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Definition of wall for Students

walled

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walling

  1. :  to build or have a wall in or around


Medical Dictionary

wall

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noun \ˈwȯl\

Medical Definition of wall

  1. :  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

walled

\ˈwȯld\play adjective


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