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.
Wall off half a room.
- 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.
A wall of secrecy.
The town wall was surrounded by a moat.
A wall of police officers met the protesters before they reached the capitol steps.
A seawall, a firewall.
A wall of sound, a wall of water.
He walled the study with books.
They had walled in the garden.
The previous owners had walled off two rooms, making an apartment.
They walled up the basement space that had been used as a coal bin.
Wall up an old window.
To wall a room with books, to wall off the old wing, a mind walled in by fears.
- Extremely unconventional.
- Without foundation; ridiculous:An accusation that is really off the wall.
- Into a state of extreme frustration, anger, or distress:Tensions that are driving me up the wall.
- An ominous indication of the course of future events:Saw the writing on the wall and fled the country.
- to place in a desperate or extreme position
- to make frantic, emotionally tense, crazy, etc.
- to be forced to retreat or yield in a conflict; suffer defeat
- to fail in business; become bankrupt
- to come to a point beyond which there is no further progressTo hit the wall after four years of steady profits.
- unsound of mind; crazy
- very eccentric or unconventional
- (to foresee) impending disaster or misfortune: Dan. 5:5-28
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of wall
- Middle English from Old English weall from Latin vallum palisade from vallus stake Idiom, in reference to an incident in the Bible (Daniel 5) in which a hand writes mysterious words on the wall of Belshazzar's banquet hall and the prophet Daniel interprets them as predicting the king's downfall
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English wall, from Old English weall (“wall, dike, earthwork, rampart, dam, rocky shore, cliff"), from Proto-Germanic *wallaz, *wallÄ… (“wall, rampart, entrenchment"), from Latin vallum (“wall, rampart, entrenchment, palisade"), from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (“to turn, wind, roll"). Cognate with North Frisian wal (“wall"), Dutch wal (“wall, rampart, embankment"), German Wall (“rampart, mound, embankment"), Swedish vall (“mound, wall, bank"). More at wallow, walk.
- From Middle English wallen, from Old English weallian (“to bubble, boil"), from Proto-Germanic *wallÅnÄ…, *wellÅnÄ… (“to fount, stream, boil"), from Proto-Indo-European *welÇn-, *welÇm- (“wave"). Cognate with Middle Dutch wallen (“to boil, bubble"), Dutch wellen (“to weld"), German wellen (“to wave, warp"), Danish vÃ¦lde (“to overwhelm"), Swedish vÃ¤lla (“to gush, weld"). See also well.