What is wall?

  • (noun): A masonry fence (as around an estate or garden).
    Example: "The wall followed the road"; "he ducked behind the garden wall and waited"
    See also — Additional definitions below


A wall (from Old English weall) 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.

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... projecting column built into or applied to the face of a wall ... Alberti's use of pilasters, which Alberti reintroduced into wall-architecture, Rudolf Wittkower wrote, "The pilaster is the logical transformation of the column for the ... A pilaster appears with a capital and entablature, also in "low-relief" or flattened against the wall ...
Wedding (Berlin) - History
... When the Berlin Wall was being built in August 1961, many who lived in these buildings frantically jumped from their windows before the buildings could be evacuated and their windows bricked up ... one of the first refugee tunnels dug underneath the Berlin wall ... A section of the wall has been reconstructed near the spot on Bernauer Straße (since 2001 part of the locality of Gesundbrunnen) where the tunnel ended ...
Karasahr - Neighbours
... "like all the towns hereabouts, is surrounded by a mud wall, and the gateways are surmounted by the usual pagoda-like towers ... There is a musketry wall round outside the main wall, but it is now almost in ruins ... Inside the wall are some yamens, but only a few houses ...
Wall Of Sound - Other References
... The term "wall of sound" first appeared in print in the New York Times on 22 June 1884, in a description of Richard Wagner's redesigned Nibelungen Theater in Bayreuth, Germany ... the Mystic Space, because he intends that here the invisible 'wall of music,' proceeding from the invisible orchestra, shall separate the real (that is the audience) from the ideal (the stage pictures ... The term "Wall of Sound" was also used to describe the enormous public address system designed by Owsley Stanley specifically for the Grateful Dead's ...
Wall, South Dakota - Demographics - 2000 Census
... As of the census of 2000, there were 818 people, 349 households, and 212 families residing in Wall ... The population density was 404.2 people per square mile (156.4/km²) ...

More definitions of "wall":

  • (noun): A layer of material that encloses space.
    Example: "The walls of the cylinder were perforated"; "the container's walls were blue"
  • (noun): Anything that suggests a wall in structure or function or effect.
    Example: "A wall of water"; "a wall of smoke"; "a wall of prejudice"; "negotiations ran into a brick wall"
  • (noun): An embankment built around a space for defensive purposes.
    Synonyms: rampart, bulwark
  • (noun): A difficult or awkward situation.
    Example: "His back was to the wall"; "competition was pushing them to the wall"
  • (noun): A vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a cave or mountain).
  • (noun): An architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure.
    Example: "The south wall had a small window"; "the walls were covered with pictures"
  • (noun): (anatomy) a layer (a lining or membrane) that encloses a structure.
    Synonyms: paries

Famous quotes containing the word wall:

    Most of the time she had the personality of the back wall of a handball court.
    Alexander Theroux (b. 1940)

    What harm cause not those huge draughts or pictures which wanton youth with chalk or coals draw in each passage, wall or stairs of our great houses, whence a cruel contempt of our natural store is bred in them?
    Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)

    We shall renew the battle in the plain
    Tomorrow—red with blood will Xanthus be;
    Hector and Ajax will be there again,
    Helen will come upon the wall to see.
    Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)