\ 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
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
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


wall-like \ ˈwȯl-​ˌlīk How to pronounce wall-like (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for wall

Synonyms: Noun

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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 These are sometimes saturated with a frustrating onslaught distracting stimuli as paragraphs of text wash over the back wall, laying out character profiles — like the ones at that murder mystery dinner. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Murder mysteries and a few bright moments in Hubbard Street Dance’s fall series," 9 Nov. 2019 Just as Berliners smashed chunks out of the concrete wall, Roger and an assistant attacked the replica with gusto. Washington Post, "Sweet of taste of freedom: Chocolate Berlin Wall destroyed," 9 Nov. 2019 Their village was surrounded by a wall, a stark symbol of how planters controlled their movements. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Caribbean excavation offers intimate look at the lives of enslaved Africans," 7 Nov. 2019 In this formulation, their descendants must, forever, pay for that treachery – sometimes by being locked behind ghetto walls, other times with their lives. Pamela S. Nadell, The Conversation, "Anti-Semitism in the US today is a variation on an old theme," 7 Nov. 2019 The Wall was actually breached by exultant Berliners who chipped away at the wall with pickaxes, demolishing parts of it in the process. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Iconic photos from the night the Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago," 7 Nov. 2019 Shiplap walls, for example, were a way to add texture to an otherwise simple room. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "Is the Modern Farmhouse Trend Dead?," 7 Nov. 2019 Dried blood covered multiple walls, bloody footprints led up the stairs and flecks of blood coated baby toys. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Kelsey Berreth murder case: Mistress Krystal Lee Kenney takes stand in Patrick Frazee murder trial," 6 Nov. 2019 The music video, which premiered back in July, paints a destructive picture -- replete with voodoo dolls and punching walls -- that showcase different ways of getting over a significant other. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Here Are the Lyrics to Ellie Goulding & Juice WLRD's 'Hate Me'," 1 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The biggest issue is that New England D, which has been stone-walling everyone all season. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Patriots-Ravens odds: Baltimore home underdog in big test for New England," 2 Nov. 2019 Transportation officials prepared to close four tunnels that make up one of the Bay Area’s major highway arteries, effectively walling off thousands of people from their jobs in downtown Oakland and San Francisco. Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, "A Taste of the Climate Apocalypse to Come," 22 Oct. 2019 The glass-walled, three-bedroom residence showcases original mosaic tile work in the kitchen. Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property Newsletter: Tobey Maguire and Cheryl Tiegs get back into the realty market," 5 Oct. 2019 Turner has embraced the idea, walling off opponents before spiking their shots and narrowing a play in the process. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 2019 Running backs Nick Chubb, Dontrell Hilliard and D’Ernest Johnson were swarmed quickly on inside runs and walled off on most outside runs. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Browns training camp offensive report: Nick Chubb and the run game get stuffed," 27 July 2019 For years, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has made no secret of his ambitions to move all of the internet's various attractions inside Facebook's own walled garden, by force if necessary. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Instagram's New Shopping Feature Makes it Easier Than Ever to Never Leave Facebook," 20 Mar. 2019 Lowell's plans for a roof deck were scuttled because cannabis consumption cannot be seen from the street, so smokers must partake in a walled-in garden at street level. Author: Maura Judkis, Anchorage Daily News, "Cannabis restaurants are coming to California, with ‘budtenders’ and ‘flower’ service," 16 Aug. 2019 Wilkins took a handoff with 5:25 left, Mark Glowinski and Jack Doyle walled off the inside, Braden Smith made a key block to the outside and Wilkins saw only green in front of him. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Back early from surgery, Colts RB Jordan Wilkins breaks open win over Titans in home state," 16 Sep. 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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14 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for wall

The first known use of wall was before the 12th century

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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)


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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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