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Meaning of WALL

Pronunciation:  wol

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  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"
  3. [n]  a masonry fence (as around an estate or garden); "the wall followed the road"; "he ducked behind the garden wall and waited"
  4. [n]  a layer of material that encloses space; "the walls of the cylinder were perforated"; "the container's walls were blue"
  5. [n]  (anatomy) a layer (a lining or membrane) that encloses a structure; "stomach walls"
  6. [n]  anything that suggests a wall in structure or effect; "a wall of water"; "a wall of smoke"; "a wall of prejudice"
  7. [n]  a vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a cave or mountain)
  8. [n]  a difficult or awkward situation; "his back was to the wall"; "competition was pushing them to the wall"
  9. [v]  surround with a wall in order to fortify

WALL is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: bulwark, fence, fence in, palisade, paries, rampart, surround
 See Also: abdominal wall, arch, archway, attic, bailey, battlement, bearing wall, building, capstone, cave, cavity wall, chimney breast, Chinese Wall, circumvallate, cope, copestone, coping, coping stone, course, crenelation, crenellation, dado, difficulty, divider, door, doorway, earthwork, edifice, embankment, fence, fencing, firewall, footwall, formation, fortification, fraise, gable, gable end, gable wall, geological formation, geology, Great Wall, Great Wall of China, Hadrian's Wall, hall, hallway, hanging wall, header, layer, merlon, munition, object, pane, paneling, panelling, partition, party wall, physical object, pier, proscenium, proscenium wall, protect, retaining wall, room, room access, row, sidewall, stockade, stratum, stretcher, threshold, Wailing Wall, wainscot, wall in, wall panel, wall up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wall\, n. (Naut.)
    A kind of knot often used at the end of a rope; a wall knot;
    a wale.
    {Wall knot}, a knot made by unlaying the strands of a rope,
       and making a bight with the first strand, then passing the
       second over the end of the first, and the third over the
       end of the second and through the bight of the first; a
       wale knot. Wall knots may be single or double, crowned or
  2. \Wall\, n. [AS. weall, from L. vallum a wall, vallus a
    stake, pale, palisade; akin to Gr. ? a nail. Cf. {Interval}.]
    1. 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.
             The plaster of the wall of the King's palace. --Dan.
                                                   v. 5.
    2. A defense; a rampart; a means of protection; in the
       plural, fortifications, in general; works for defense.
             The waters were a wall unto them on their right
             hand, and on their left.              --Ex. xiv. 22.
             In such a night, Troilus, methinks, mounted the
             Troyan walls.                         --Shak.
             To rush undaunted to defend the walls. --Dryden.
    3. An inclosing part of a receptacle or vessel; as, the walls
       of a steam-engine cylinder.
    4. (Mining)
       (a) The side of a level or drift.
       (b) The country rock bounding a vein laterally. --Raymond.
    Note: Wall is often used adjectively, and also in the
          formation of compounds, usually of obvious
          signification; as in wall paper, or wall-paper; wall
          fruit, or wall-fruit; wallflower, etc.
    {Blank wall}, Blind wall, etc. See under {Blank}, {Blind},
    {To drive to the wall}, to bring to extremities; to push to
       extremes; to get the advantage of, or mastery over.
    {To go to the wall}, to be hard pressed or driven; to be the
       weaker party; to be pushed to extremes.
    {To take the wall}. to take the inner side of a walk, that
       is, the side next the wall; hence, to take the precedence.
       ``I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's.''
    {Wall barley} (Bot.), a kind of grass ({Hordeum murinum})
       much resembling barley; squirrel grass. See under
    {Wall box}. (Mach.) See {Wall frame}, below.
    {Wall creeper} (Zo["o]l.), a small bright-colored bird
       ({Tichodroma muraria}) native of Asia and Southern Europe.
       It climbs about over old walls and cliffs in search of
       insects and spiders. Its body is ash-gray above, the wing
       coverts are carmine-red, the primary quills are mostly red
       at the base and black distally, some of them with white
       spots, and the tail is blackish. Called also {spider
    {Wall cress} (Bot.), a name given to several low cruciferous
       herbs, especially to the mouse-ear cress. See under
    {Wall frame} (Mach.), a frame set in a wall to receive a
       pillow block or bearing for a shaft passing through the
       wall; -- called also {wall box}.
    {Wall fruit}, fruit borne by trees trained against a wall.
    {Wall gecko} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of Old
       World geckos which live in or about buildings and run over
       the vertical surfaces of walls, to which they cling by
       means of suckers on the feet.
    {Wall lizard} (Zo["o]l.), a common European lizard ({Lacerta
       muralis}) which frequents houses, and lives in the chinks
       and crevices of walls; -- called also {wall newt}.
    {Wall louse}, a wood louse.
    {Wall moss} (Bot.), any species of moss growing on walls.
    {Wall newt} (Zo["o]l.), the wall lizard. --Shak.
    {Wall paper}, paper for covering the walls of rooms; paper
    {Wall pellitory} (Bot.), a European plant ({Parictaria
       officinalis}) growing on old walls, and formerly esteemed
    {Wall pennywort} (Bot.), a plant ({Cotyledon Umbilicus})
       having rounded fleshy leaves. It is found on walls in
       Western Europe.
    {Wall pepper} (Bot.), a low mosslike plant ({Sedum acre})
       with small fleshy leaves having a pungent taste and
       bearing yellow flowers. It is common on walls and rocks in
       Europe, and is sometimes seen in America.
    {Wall pie} (Bot.), a kind of fern; wall rue.
    {Wall piece}, a gun planted on a wall. --H. L. Scott.
    {Wall plate} (Arch.), a piece of timber placed horizontally
       upon a wall, and supporting posts, joists, and the like.
       See Illust. of {Roof}.
    {Wall rock}, granular limestone used in building walls. [U.
       S.] --Bartlett.
    {Wall rue} (Bot.), a species of small fern ({Asplenium
       Ruta-muraria}) growing on walls, rocks, and the like.
    {Wall spring}, a spring of water issuing from stratified
    {Wall tent}, a tent with upright cloth sides corresponding to
       the walls of a house.
    {Wall wasp} (Zo["o]l.), a common European solitary wasp
       ({Odynerus parietus}) which makes its nest in the crevices
       of walls.
  3. \Wall\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Walled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To inclose with a wall, or as with a wall. ``Seven walled
       towns of strength.'' --Shak.
             The king of Thebes, Amphion, That with his singing
             walled that city.                     --Chaucer.
    2. To defend by walls, or as if by walls; to fortify.
             The terror of his name that walls us in. --Denham.
    3. To close or fill with a wall, as a doorway.
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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a wall in your dream means limitations. obstacles and boundaries. There is a barrier obstructing your progress. You may have been accustomed to your old habits and way of thinking. Dreaming that you jump over a wall, suggests that you will overcome tough obstacles and succeed. Dreaming that you demolish or break down a wall indicates that you are breaking through obstacles and overcoming your limitations. If you see a wall crumble, then it suggests that you have easily risen above your problems and overcame your barriers. Dreaming that you are building a wall, represents a bad relationship or some childhood trauma. It also suggest that you have accepted your limitations. Dreaming that you are hiding behind a wall, suggests that you ashamed in acknowledging your connections. Dreaming that you are being thrown or shot through a wall, literally means that you need to breakdown those walls that you have put up around you. You need to venture out and explore.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Cities were surrounded by walls, as distinguished from "unwalled villages" (Ezek. 38:11; Lev. 25:29-34). They were made thick and strong (Num. 13:28; Deut. 3:5). Among the Jews walls were built of stone, some of those in the temple being of great size (1 Kings 6:7; 7:9-12; 20:30; Mark 13:1, 2). The term is used metaphorically of security and safety (Isa. 26:1; 60:18; Rev. 21:12-20). (See FENCE.)