\ 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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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 Calvin said that to disinfect a classroom, a team of two custodians mops the floors, wipes the walls and scrubs down all the desks, including the teacher's desk. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "What it's like in Michigan classroom on last day of school before coronavirus closure," 13 Mar. 2020 Attendance has more than doubled since the 500 guests in 2018 as the Trump administration puts a heavy focus on the border wall and funding for border agencies. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Ladders, drones, and ATVS: Inside the San Antonio Border Security Expo," 13 Mar. 2020 Since beginning as a ninja warrior, Nathanael has been going twice per week to Adrenaline Monkey in Warrensville Heights -- a facility that features ninja warrior obstacle courses, warped walls and rock climbing -- to prepare for competitions. cleveland, "South Euclid boy to appear March 21 on ‘American Ninja Warrior Junior’ TV show," 11 Mar. 2020 The bakery has vibrant splashes of blue, green, yellow and orange across the walls and tables. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco’s new Arab bakery, Reem’s California, opens today in the Mission," 11 Mar. 2020 All bathrooms used by the sick person should also be thoroughly cleaned, including the door handle, locking device, toilet seat, faucet, washbasin, adjacent walls and counter. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'It's an awful risk': Former FDA head Scott Gottlieb cautions against cruises amid coronavirus," 10 Mar. 2020 The fixer has clear redwood walls and ceilings, hardwood floors and a natural Heatilator wood-burning fireplace. oregonlive, "Are Oregon’s cut-rate fixer-upper homes ugly or an opportunity?," 7 Mar. 2020 Specific materials in the walls and ceiling eliminate the virus' chances of hiding in the shadows when the rooms are disinfected. Anthony Rivas, ABC News, "What it's like inside Nebraska hospital where coronavirus patients are treated," 6 Mar. 2020 Nashville residents walked around on streets and sidewalks littered with debris, in neighborhoods where missing walls and roofs left living rooms and kitchens exposed. Kimberlee Kruesi, BostonGlobe.com, "Tornadoes devastate Tennessee, killing at least 25 people," 3 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Secretive and walled off from the rest of the company, according to people familiar with the situation, the HQ2 team members marinated in the headlines and hoopla and persuaded themselves Amazon would be welcomed anywhere. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Behind Amazon’s HQ2 fiasco, Jeff Bezos wanted incentives like Elon Musk’s," 3 Feb. 2020 Though the samples will be walled off in a secure environment, the building will include a community room where area residents can learn about — and donate specimens for — clinical trials at the hospital. Michelle Jarboe, cleveland, "Cleveland Clinic biorepository project moving forward after 2 years of discussions," 24 Feb. 2020 The house next door is bigger and well-kept, walled-off and seeming to hover. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "To the 1619 Project: Use More Art, Less Fake History," 25 Jan. 2020 Guards Matt Coleman, Courtney Ramey and Andrew Jones were repeatedly walled off on any attempted drives to the rim. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Morgantown meltdown: Texas suffers embarrassing defeat to West Virginia," 20 Jan. 2020 Rather than building its own exclusive walled garden, Fitbit is keeping its products affordable and reaching out to the apps, designers and doctors that you, the potential user, already love. Adrienne So, WIRED, "Fitbit Wants to Be Your One-Stop Health Care Shop," 28 Aug. 2019 In fact, folks on Instagram are creating their own clipboard walls not just for organization, but also as a method of displaying art. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "DIY Clipboard Walls Are the Trendy Way to Display Art and Keep Papers Organized," 3 Jan. 2020 Throughout American history, religious groups have walled themselves off from the rhythms and mores of society. Emma Green, The Atlantic, "The Christian Withdrawal Experiment," 12 Dec. 2019 And in a freshly walled-off space beside it, under the same owner, sits Rice Street Tobacco. Tad Vezner, Twin Cities, "Demand for menthol cigarettes drives increase in St. Paul smoke shops since city restrictions," 1 Dec. 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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The first known use of wall was before the 12th century

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20 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wall. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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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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