- The definition of a wall is something that divides or supports.
- An example of a wall is the four sides to a closed off room in a house.
- An example of a wall is the border that formally split Berlin into east and west sides.
- An example of a wall is a person being closed off from their emotions.
A television mounted on a wall.
wall definition by Webster's New World
- an upright structure of wood, stone, brick, etc., serving to enclose, divide, support, or protect; specif.,
- such a structure forming a side or inner partition of a building
- such a continuous structure serving to enclose an area, to separate fields, etc.
- such a structure used as a military defense; fortification
- such a structure used to hold back water; levee; dike
- something resembling a wall in appearance or function, as the side or inside surface of a container or body cavity
- something suggestive of a wall in that it holds back, divides, hides, etc.: a wall of secrecy
Origin: Middle English wal ; from Old English weall (akin to German wall) ; from Classical Latin vallum, rampart ; from vallus, a stake, palisade ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wel-, to turn from source walk
- of or along a wall
- placed or growing on, in, or against a wall
- to furnish, line, enclose, divide, protect, etc. with or as with a wall or walls: to wall a room with books, to wall off the old wing, a mind walled in by fears
- to close up (an opening) with a wall: usually with up
- wall-like adjective
wall definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An upright structure of masonry, wood, plaster, or other building material serving to enclose, divide, or protect an area, especially a vertical construction forming an inner partition or exterior siding of a building.
- A continuous structure of masonry or other material forming a rampart and built for defensive purposes. Often used in the plural.
- A structure of stonework, cement, or other material built to retain a flow of water.
- a. Something resembling a wall in appearance, function, or construction, as the exterior surface of a body organ or part: the abdominal wall.b. Something resembling a wall in impenetrability or strength: a wall of silence; a wall of fog.c. An extreme or desperate condition or position, such as defeat or ruin: driven to the wall by poverty.
- Sports The vertical surface of an ocean wave in surfing.
- To enclose, surround, or fortify with or as if with a wall: wall up an old window. See Synonyms at enclose.
- To divide or separate with or as if with a wall. Often used with off: wall off half a room.
- To confine or seal behind a wall; immure: “I determined to wall [the body] up in the cellar” (Edgar Allan Poe).
- To block or close (an opening or passage, for example) with or as if with a wall.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English weall, from Latin vallum, palisade, from vallus, stake.
- wallˈless adjective
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wall - Phrases/Idioms
drive to the wallor push to the wall
drive up the wallor send up the wall
go to the wall
- to be forced to retreat or yield in a conflict; suffer defeat
- to fail in business; become bankrupt
hit the wallor hit a wall
off the wallâ Slang
- unsound of mind; crazy
- very eccentric or unconventional
off the wall
- Extremely unconventional.
- Without foundation; ridiculous: an accusation that is really off the wall.
up the wall