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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wallnoun

    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"

  2. wallnoun

    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"

  3. wall, pariesnoun

    (anatomy) a layer (a lining or membrane) that encloses a structure

    "stomach walls"

  4. wallnoun

    a difficult or awkward situation

    "his back was to the wall"; "competition was pushing them to the wall"

  5. wallnoun

    a vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a cave or mountain)

  6. wallnoun

    a layer of material that encloses space

    "the walls of the cylinder were perforated"; "the container's walls were blue"

  7. wallnoun

    a masonry fence (as around an estate or garden)

    "the wall followed the road"; "he ducked behind the garden wall and waited"

  8. rampart, bulwark, wallverb

    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"

  9. wall, palisade, fence, fence in, surroundverb

    surround with a wall in order to fortify

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WALLnoun

    Etymology: wal, Welsh; vallum, Lat. pall , Saxon; walle, Dutch.

    Poor Tom! that eats the wall-newt and the water-newt. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Where though I mourn my matchless loss alone,
    And none between my weakness judge and me;
    Yet ev’n these gentle walls allow my moan,
    Whose doleful echo’s with my plaints agree. Henry Wotton.

    Part rise in crystal wall or ridge direct. John Milton.

    With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls;
    For stony limits cannot hold out love. William Shakespeare.

    General, the walls are thine:
    Witness the world, that I create thee here
    My lord and master. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    A prey
    To that proud city, whose high walls thou saw’st
    Left in confusion. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. xii.

    I rush undaunted to defend the walls. Dryden.

    I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague’s. William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet.

    When once the poet’s honour ceases,
    From reason far his transports rove:
    And Boileau, for eight hundred pieces,
    Makes Louis take the wall of Jove. Matthew Prior.

  2. To Wallverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    There bought a piece of ground, which Birsa call’d,
    From the bull’s hide they first inclos’d and wall’d. Dryden.

    The walled towns do work my greater woe:
    The forest wide is fitter to resound
    The hollow echo of my careful cries. Edmund Spenser.

    His council advised him to make himself master of some good walled town. Francis Bacon, Hen. VII.

    The Spaniards cast themselves continually into roundels, their strongest ships walling in the rest. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    And terror of his name, that walls us in
    From danger. John Denham, Sophy.


  1. WALL

    WALL (1340 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Middletown, New York, and serving Orange County and parts of the Hudson Valley. WALL is owned by Neversink Media Group through licensee Digital Radio Broadcasting, Inc., and broadcasts a classic hits radio format. The radio studios and offices are in Port Jervis and Middletown. WALL is powered at 1,000 watts non-directional, broadcasting from a transmitter on Monhagan Avenue in Middletown. It is also heard on five FM translators in New York and Pennsylvania as well as over an HD Radio digital subchannel on 101.5 WPDH.


  1. wall

    A wall is a vertical structure, often made of stone, brick, or concrete, that serves as a boundary, barrier, or support structure in a building or other constructions. It provides shelter, security, and prevents the spread of fire. Walls can be interior or exterior, with the latter usually forming the perimeter of a building or property. They can also be used as a surface for decoration, insulation, or soundproofing.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wallnoun

    a kind of knot often used at the end of a rope; a wall knot; a wale

  2. Wallnoun

    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

  3. Wallnoun

    a defense; a rampart; a means of protection; in the plural, fortifications, in general; works for defense

  4. Wallnoun

    an inclosing part of a receptacle or vessel; as, the walls of a steam-engine cylinder

  5. Wallnoun

    the side of a level or drift

  6. Wallnoun

    the country rock bounding a vein laterally

  7. Wallverb

    to inclose with a wall, or as with a wall

  8. Wallverb

    to defend by walls, or as if by walls; to fortify

  9. Wallverb

    to close or fill with a wall, as a doorway

  10. Etymology: [AS. weall, from L. vallum a wall, vallus a stake, pale, palisade; akin to Gr. a nail. Cf. Interval.]


  1. Wall

    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

  1. Wall

    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

  1. wall

    [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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. wall

    A bank of earth to restrain the current and overflowing of water. (See SEA-BANK.)

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. wall

    A series of brick, stone, or other materials, carried upward and cemented with mortar. When used in the plural number, wall signifies fortification; works built for defense. To be driven to the wall, a figurative term, signifying to be so pressed that you can neither advance nor retreat.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WALL

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wall is ranked #631 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wall surname appeared 53,794 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 18 would have the surname Wall.

    86.1% or 46,317 total occurrences were White.
    8.2% or 4,416 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 1,243 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 974 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 436 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.7% or 403 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wall' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #877

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wall' in Written Corpus Frequency: #966

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wall' in Nouns Frequency: #219

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wall in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wall in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of wall in a Sentence

  1. Hugo Black:

    The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable. We could not approve the slightest breach.

  2. Andrew Yang:

    If you go to a factory here in Michigan, you will not find wall-to-wall immigrants, you will find wall-to-wall robots and machines. Immigrants are being scapegoated for issues they have nothing to do with in our economy.

  3. President Trump:

    He also said they are still considering restrictive language in the appropriations bill and what that means for current projects. He added that money, which he called a down-payment, will be funding construction and repair in areas including San Diego, Calexico, and Santa Theresa, New Mexico. He said that the Calexico project started last week. President Trump objected to the $ 1.3 trillion omnibus bill due to the lack of funding for border security, and has been looking into the possibility of getting the military to fund the approximately $ 25 billion project. Conservatives noted that the bill limited the approximately 100 miles of new construction and repairs to already approved models -- not the prototypes President Trump recently viewed in California. While Vitiello noted that a lot of the 100 miles was replacement, he said it was new construction and that some parts are moving from old, often dilapidated fencing to 30-foot steel bollard designs. He said that, for instance, in El Paso a three-foot vehicle barrier was being replaced by 18 or 30 foot wall. On what needs to be done, Vitiello said that that the entire wall project would cover approximately 1,000 miles with various wall structures, he believed $ 25 billion in funding would adequately fund that project. He said that from the testing of the prototypes, a new design standard was being formulated that would be used going forward. Currently, approximately 654 miles of the border are covered by some form of fencing or barrier. Vitiello's remarks come a day after President Trump touted the early stages of construction at a speech in Richfield, Ohio. We started our wall — what a thing of beauty.

  4. Stephen Ambrose, D-Day, page 577:

    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.

  5. Andreas Essig:

    Now copsin kills bacteria by binding to an essential cell wall building block, the cell wall you can consider like the achilles heel of bacteria, so when you disrupt the cell wall synthesis bacteria usually dies rapidly. The binding pattern of copsin on this building block is very unique and therefore copsin is active against bacteria resistant to conventional antibiotics.

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