Definitions for wallwɔl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any of various permanent upright constructions having a length much greater than the thickness and presenting a continuous surface except where pierced by doors, windows, etc.: used for shelter, protection, or privacy.
Category: Building Trades, Architecture
an immaterial or intangible barrier, obstruction, etc., suggesting a wall:
a wall of prejudice.
a wall-like enclosing part, thing, mass, etc.:
a wall of fire; a wall of troops.
an embankment to prevent flooding, as a levee or sea wall.
Category: Civil Engineering
Usu., walls. a rampart raised for defensive purposes.
the outermost film or layer of structural material protecting, surrounding, and defining the physical limits of an object:
the wall of a blood cell.
(adj.)of or pertaining to a wall.
growing against or on a wall:
situated or installed in or on a wall:
a wall oven.
(v.t.)to enclose, border, etc., with or as if with a wall (often fol. by in or off):
to wall in the playground.
to seal or fill (a doorway or other opening) with a wall:
to wall an unused entrance.
to seal or entomb (something or someone) within a wall; immure (usu. fol. by up).
Idioms for wall:
climb the walls,Informal. to become tense or frantic.
Category: Idiom, Status (usage)
go to the wall, to be defeated; yield. to fail in business; be forced into bankruptcy. to risk one's own position to defend or protect another.
hit the wall, to reach a point in a long-distance race when the body's fuels are virtually depleted and willpower becomes crucial to the ability to finish.
Category: Medicine, Sport, Idiom
off the wall, Slang. unreasonable; crazy. eccentric; bizarre.
Category: Idiom, Status (usage)
up the wall,Informal. into a state of frantic frustration.
Category: Idiom, Status (usage)
Origin of wall:
bef. 900; ME; OE w(e)all (c. OFris, OS wal) < L vallum palisade, der. of vallus stake, post
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
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
one of the sides of a room or building
a house with brick walls; the mirror hanging on the wall
a structure made of stone, brick, cement, etc. that divides land
the wall constructed on the border; a low stone wall in the yard
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
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.
Translations for wall
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
something built of stone, brick, plaster, wood etc and used to separate off or enclose something
There's a wall at the bottom of the garden: The Great Wall of China; a garden wall.
- جِدار، سورArabic
- muroPortuguese (BR)
- die MauerGerman
- mur; -murDanish
- τοίχος, τείχοςGreek
- muro, tapia, muralla; paredSpanish
- veggur, (varnar)múrIcelandic
- siena, tvoraLithuanian
- siena; mūrisLatvian
- tembok, bentengMalay
- mur, vegg, vollNorwegian
- กำแพง; ผนัง; ฉาก; เครื่องกั้นThai
- 牆Chinese (Trad.)
- bức tườngVietnamese
- 墙Chinese (Simp.)
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