Definitions for wallwɔl
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word wall
an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure
"the south wall had a small window"; "the walls were covered with pictures"
anything that suggests a wall in structure or function or effect
"a wall of water"; "a wall of smoke"; "a wall of prejudice"; "negotiations ran into a brick wall"
(anatomy) a layer (a lining or membrane) that encloses a structure
a difficult or awkward situation
"his back was to the wall"; "competition was pushing them to the wall"
a vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a cave or mountain)
a layer of material that encloses space
"the walls of the cylinder were perforated"; "the container's walls were blue"
a masonry fence (as around an estate or garden)
"the wall followed the road"; "he ducked behind the garden wall and waited"
rampart, bulwark, wall(verb)
an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
"they stormed the ramparts of the city"; "they blew the trumpet and the walls came tumbling down"
wall, palisade, fence, fence in, surround(verb)
surround with a wall in order to fortify
a kind of knot often used at the end of a rope; a wall knot; a wale
a work or structure of stone, brick, or other materials, raised to some height, and intended for defense or security, solid and permanent inclosing fence, as around a field, a park, a town, etc., also, one of the upright inclosing parts of a building or a room
a defense; a rampart; a means of protection; in the plural, fortifications, in general; works for defense
an inclosing part of a receptacle or vessel; as, the walls of a steam-engine cylinder
the side of a level or drift
the country rock bounding a vein laterally
to inclose with a wall, or as with a wall
to defend by walls, or as if by walls; to fortify
to close or fill with a wall, as a doorway
Origin: [AS. weall, from L. vallum a wall, vallus a stake, pale, palisade; akin to Gr. a nail. Cf. Interval.]
A wall is a vertical structure, usually solid, that defines and sometimes protects an area. Most commonly, a wall delineates a building and supports its superstructure, separates space in buildings into sections, or protects or delineates a space in the open air. There are three principal types of structural walls: building walls, exterior boundary walls, and retaining walls. Building walls have one main purpose: to support roofs and ceilings. Such walls most often have three or more separate components. In today's construction, a building wall will usually have the structural elements, insulation, and finish elements or surface. In addition, the wall may house various types of electrical wiring or plumbing. Electrical outlets are usually mounted in walls. Building walls frequently become works of art externally and internally, such as when featuring mosaic work or when murals are painted on them; or as design foci when they exhibit textures or painted finishes for effect. On a ship, the walls separating compartments are termed "bulkheads", whilst the thinner walls separating cabins are termed "partitions".
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[WPI] 1. An indication of confusion, usually spoken with a quizzical tone: “Wall??” 2. A request for further explication. Compare octal forty. 3. [Unix, from ‘write all’] v. To send a message to everyone currently logged in, esp. with the wall(8) utility.It is said that sense 1 came from the idiom ‘like talking to a blank wall’. It was originally used in situations where, after you had carefully answered a question, the questioner stared at you blankly, clearly having understood nothing that was explained. You would then throw out a “Hello, wall?” to elicit some sort of response from the questioner. Later, confused questioners began voicing “Wall?” themselves.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'wall' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #877
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'wall' in Written Corpus Frequency: #966
Rank popularity for the word 'wall' in Nouns Frequency: #219
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