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".
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
wawl, n. an erection of brick, stone, &c. for a fence or security: the side of a building: (fig.) defence, means of security: in mining, one of the surfaces of rock enclosing the lode: (anat.) a paries or containing structure or part of the body: (pl.) fortifications.—v.t. to enclose with, or as with, a wall: to defend with walls: to hinder as by a wall.—n. Wall′-clock, a clock hung on a walk.—adj. Walled, fortified.—ns. Wall′er, one who builds walls; Wall′-flower, a plant with fragrant yellow flowers, found on old walls: a woman at a ball who keeps her seat, presumably for want of a partner—applied sometimes to men; Wall′-fruit, fruit growing on a wall; Wall′ing, walls collectively: materials for walls; Wall′-knot, a nautical method of tying the end of a rope.—adj. Wall′-less.—ns. Wall′-liz′ard, -newt, a gecko; Wall′-moss, the yellow wall-lichen: the stone-crop; Wall′-paint′ing, the decoration of walls with ornamental painted designs; Wall′-pā′per, paper usually coloured and decorated, for pasting on the walls of a room; Wall′-piece, a gun mounted on a wall; Wall′-plate, a horizontal piece of timber on a wall, under the ends of joists, &c.; Wall′-space (archit.), a plain expanse of wall; Wall′-spring, a spring of water running between stratified rocks; Wall′-tow′er, a tower built into and forming part of a line of fortification or a fortified city-wall; Wall′-tree, a tree trained against a wall; Wall′-wort, the European dwarf elder; Hang′ing-wall, that wall of the vein which is over the miner's head while working, the opposite wall being called the Foot′-wall.—Wall a rope, to make a wall-knot on the end of a rope.—Drive to the wall, to push to extremities; Go to the wall, to be hard pressed: to be pushed to extremes; Hang by the wall, to hang up neglected: to remain unused; Push, or Thrust, to the wall, to force to give place; The wall, the right of taking the side of the road near the wall when encountering another person, as in the phrase to Give, or Take, the wall. [A.S. weall, wall; Ger. wall, both from L. vallum, a rampart—vallus, a stake.]
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.
An upright structure of masonry, wood, plaster, or other building material.
The garden wall was painted every summer. The internal wall of the house was made of plaster and some of them made of masonry.
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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
The numerical value of wall in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of wall in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
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The fall of Wall Street is for market fundamentalism what the fall of the Berlin Wall was for communism.
The system is rigged, unless we fix this issue, we can't do anything else. You want climate change legislation? You want to take on Wall Street? How are you going to take on Wall Street when the biggest contributions come from Wall Street?
While Some Wall Street analysts like Chuck Robbins individually, Some Wall Street analysts believe investors would benefit more from technology leadership at the company given the disruptive changes Some Wall Street analysts believe are coming to networking.
You know...that a blank wall is an apalling thing to look at. The wall of a museum -- a canvas -- a piece of film -- or a guy sitting in front of a typewriter. Then, you start out to do something -- that vague thing called creation. The beginning strikes awe within you.
During the Second World War, the Germans took four years to build the Atlantic Wall. On four beaches it held up the Allies for about an hour at Omaha it held up the U.S. for less than one day. The Atlantic Wall must therefore be regarded as one of the greatest blunders in military history.
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