What is wall?

  • (noun): A difficult or awkward situation.
    Example: "His back was to the wall"; "competition was pushing them to the wall"
    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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Wall, South Dakota - Demographics - 2000 Census
... As of the census of 2000, there were 818 people, 349 households, and 212 families residing in Wall ...
... column built into or applied to the face of a wall ... Leon Battista 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 decoration of a wall ... 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 ... terminus of one of the first refugee tunnels dug underneath the Berlin wall ... A section of the wall has been reconstructed near the spot on Bernauer Stra├če (since 2001 part of the locality of Gesundbrunnen) where the tunnel ended ...
Karasahr - Neighbours
... 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 ... 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 live ... The Wall of Sound fulfilled the band's desire for a distortion-free sound system that could also serve as its own monitoring system ...

More definitions of "wall":

  • (noun): (anatomy) a layer (a lining or membrane) that encloses a structure.
    Synonyms: paries
  • (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): A masonry fence (as around an estate or garden).
    Example: "The wall followed the road"; "he ducked behind the garden wall and waited"
  • (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): An embankment built around a space for defensive purposes.
    Synonyms: rampart, bulwark
  • (noun): A layer of material that encloses space.
    Example: "The walls of the cylinder were perforated"; "the container's walls were blue"
  • (noun): A vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a cave or mountain).

Famous quotes containing the word wall:

    It is hard going to the door
    cut so small in the wall where
    the vision which echoes loneliness
    brings a scent of wild flowers in the wood.
    Robert Creeley (b. 1926)

    Me in my vow’d
    Picture the sacred wall declares t’have hung
    My dank and dropping weeds
    To the stern God of Sea.
    Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65–8)

    I make myself this time
    Of wood or granite or lime
    A wall too hard for crime
    Either to breach or climb....
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)