fourth wallfourth wall
the traditional imaginary barrier between a performing actor, as on a stage or set, and the audience: often in the phrase break the fourth wall, to address or otherwise acknowledge the audience during a performance
Origin of fourth wallin reference, refer to the typical stage enclosed on three sides
- The imaginary barrier that is considered to separate the audience from the characters in a play or other live performance: an actor who broke the fourth wall by directly addressing an audience member.
- A similar imaginary barrier that is considered to separate a viewer from a film or other recorded performance: traditional films that maintain the illusion of the fourth wall.
- A similar imaginary barrier regarding as separating a text from its readers.
Origin of fourth wallFrom its use in the theater, where it is likened to a wall that would complete the enclosure of a proscenium stage
(plural fourth walls)
- Alternative spelling of fourth wall.