\ 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


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


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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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


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

By Carlos Gonzalez and Amanda Svachula A Shepard Fairey mural of Maya Angelou, mid-laugh in the sunshine, now sweeps across an exterior wall of a Los Angeles high school bearing her name. Amanda Svachula, New York Times, "Maya Angelou, Reimagined Through Art," 9 July 2019 But the earthquake hit Trona hard, particularly because the walls of most buildings were not reinforced with steel or other material that could keep them upright or prevent cracking during severe tremors. latimes.com, "The 7.1 earthquake could have been so much worse. Here’s why," 8 July 2019 Escaping History The mural — which covers over 1,600 feet on the walls of Washington High — was painted 81 years ago when the school was new. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "It starts with painting over murals and removing mission bells. Where does it end?," 6 July 2019 In a separate project, experts recently explained the strange spots on the walls of King Tut’s burial chamber. Fox News, "King Tut bust that Egypt claims was 'stolen' sells for $6 million," 5 July 2019 Certain groups ruled the halls of campus life for years, and their privilege is apparently written into the walls of every university building. Sahil Handa, National Review, "What Conservatives Get Wrong about the Campus Wars," 4 July 2019 Six construction workers died in the Pune district early Tuesday when the wall of a college fell on adjoining structures where the laborers were sleeping, a senior local official said. Sugam Pokharel And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Maharashtra storm: 43 dead as Indian state pummeled by heavy monsoon rains," 3 July 2019 Justin Lambert, 38, was seen on surveillance video pushing David Gonzalez against the glass wall of a Texaco station on Dixie Highway in February 2014. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, "Trial opens for Broward deputy accused of giving man a black eye in gas station clash," 3 July 2019 Second, the polymer molecules that make up the walls of the bubbles are bonded fairly loosely; this limits the rate at which heat can be transferred from one molecule to another. Meredith Fore, WIRED, "What Makes a Good Cooler (According to Physics)?," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For the sake of this list, a side’s ability will be judged for classic street 5-a-side: no refs, walls up, keepers in net. SI.com, "FIFA 20 VOLTA: Which Clubs Will Be the Best on EA Sports New Street-Style Mode," 27 June 2019 Shohei Ohtani followed with a shot to wall in left. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds fall to Los Angeles Angels 5-1 for third loss in a row," 26 June 2019 Levees have walled off floodplains that once allowed the river to spread across five or six miles. Tristan Baurick, nola.com, "When a community built higher levees to protect itself, flooding worsened for neighbors: The River’s Revenge," 15 June 2019 Secure tall furniture, such as bookcases and filing cabinets, to wall studs or masonry. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Western Kentucky feels aftermath of minor earthquake Thursday night," 7 June 2019 The painting was walled in during a renovation in the early 1990s because there was no money to move it. USA TODAY, "Painting over history, saving cats’ claws, angry birds: News from around our 50 states," 5 June 2019 But mobile games have attracted millions of new gamers, and there's profit to be had from expanding beyond the Nintendo walled garden. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Nintendo is launching 'Dr. Mario World,' a new mobile game," 18 June 2019 Given Fall’s unique physical advantages, a creative team should give him an opportunity to develop into an situational, 10-15 minute per game player who can wall off the rim. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "2019 NBA Draft: Ranking Best Bigs Available," 14 June 2019 Some target users will want to wall-mount it, others have a proprietary solution, and others will want the stand. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Our first-look photos of Apple’s new Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of wall


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


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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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)


\ 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


walled; walling

Kids Definition of wall (Entry 2 of 2)

: to build or have a wall in or around


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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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