wall

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈwɔːl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/wɔl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(wôl)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
wall /wɔl/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [countable]
  1. Building, Architecturea vertical, upright structure used to form part of a shelter, to divide an area into rooms, or to protect.
  2. something not physical that is like a wall in that it forms a barrier between people or keeps people apart:a wall of silence between them.

v. 
  1. to enclose, separate, form a border around, or surround with or as if with a wall: [+ object]to wall a town.[+ off + object]The workers walled off the area with bricks.[+ object + off]to wall it off with bricks.
  2. to seal or fill (an opening) with a wall: [~ (+ up) + object]to wall up a hole.[+ object (+ up)]to wall a hole up.
Idioms
  1. Idioms, Slang Termsclimb the walls, [Informal.]to be overly excited, nervous, worried, or frantic.
  2. Idiomsdrive or  push to the wall, [drive/push + object + to + the + ~] to force into a desperate situation.
  3. drive or  send up the wall, [drive/send + object + up + the + ~][Informal.]to push into a state of frantic frustration:She drove her father up the wall staying out late on dates.
  4. Idiomsgo to the wall: 
    • to be defeated;
      give in;
      yield.
    • to fail in business;
      be forced into bankruptcy.
    • to risk one's own position to defend or protect another.
  5. Idioms, Slang Termsoff the wall, [Slang.]
    • very strange;
      bizarre:That idea is completely off the wall.

walled, adj. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
wall  (wôl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Building, Architectureany of various permanent upright constructions having a length much greater than the thickness and presenting a continuous surface except where pierced by doors, windows, etc.: used for shelter, protection, or privacy, or to subdivide interior space, to support floors, roofs, or the like, to retain earth, to fence in an area, etc.
  2. MilitaryUsually,  walls. a rampart raised for defensive purposes.
  3. an immaterial or intangible barrier, obstruction, etc., suggesting a wall:a wall of prejudice.
  4. a wall-like, enclosing part, thing, mass, etc.:a wall of fire; a wall of troops.
  5. Civil Engineeringan embankment to prevent flooding, as a levee or sea wall.
  6. Place Names, World Historythe Wall. See  Berlin Wall. 
  7. the outermost film or layer of structural material protecting, surrounding, and defining the physical limits of an object:the wall of a blood cell.
  8. Mining
    • Miningthe side of a level or drift.
    • Miningthe overhanging or underlying side of a vein;
      a hanging wall or footwall.
  9. Slang Termsclimb the walls or  climb walls, to become tense or frantic:climbing the walls with boredom.
  10. drive or  push to the wall, to force into a desperate situation;
    humiliate or ruin completely:Not content with merely winning the match, they used every opportunity to push the inferior team to the wall.
  11. Slang Termsgo over the wall, to break out of prison:Roadblocks have been set up in an effort to capture several convicts who went over the wall.
  12. go to the wall: 
    • to be defeated in a conflict or competition;
      yield.
    • to fail in business, esp. to become bankrupt.
    • to be put aside or forgotten.
    • to take an extreme and determined position or measure:I'd go to the wall to stop him from resigning.
  13. Medicine, Sporthit the wall, (of long-distance runners) to reach a point in a race, usually after 20 miles, when the body's fuels are virtually depleted and willpower becomes crucial to be able to finish.
  14. Slang Termsoff the wall: 
    • beyond the realm of acceptability or reasonableness:The figure you quoted for doing the work is off the wall.
    • markedly out of the ordinary;
      eccentric;
      bizarre:Some of the clothes in the fashion show were too off the wall for the average customer.
  15. up against the wall: 
    • placed against a wall to be executed by a firing squad.
    • in a crucial or critical position, esp. one in which defeat or failure seems imminent:Unless sales improve next month, the company will be up against the wall.
  16. Slang Termsup the wall, into an acutely frantic, frustrated, or irritated state:The constant tension in the office is driving everyone up the wall.

adj. 
  1. of or pertaining to a wall:wall space.
  2. growing against or on a wall:wall plants; wall cress.
  3. situated, placed, or installed in or on a wall:wall oven; a wall safe.

v.t. 
  1. to enclose, shut off, divide, protect, border, etc., with or as if with a wall (often fol. by in or off):to wall the yard;to wall in the play area;He is walled in by lack of opportunity.
  2. to seal or fill (a doorway or other opening) with a wall:to wall an unused entrance.
  3. to seal or entomb (something or someone) within a wall (usually fol. by up):The workmen had walled up the cat quite by mistake.
wall-less, adj. 
wall-like′, adj. 
  • Latin vallum palisade, derivative of vallus stake, post; see wale1; (verb, verbal) Middle English, derivative of the noun, nominal
  • bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English; Old English w(e)all
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged battlement, breastwork, bulwark, barrier, bastion.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dike.
    • 22.See corresponding entry in Unabridged immure.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
wall /wɔːl/ n
  1. a vertical construction made of stone, brick, wood, etc, with a length and height much greater than its thickness, used to enclose, divide, or support
  2. (as modifier): wall hangings
    Related adjective(s): mural
  3. (often plural) a structure or rampart built to protect and surround a position or place for defensive purposes
  4. any lining, membrane, or investing part that encloses or bounds a bodily cavity or structure: abdominal wall
    Technical name: paries
    Related adjective(s): parietal
  5. a vertical or almost vertical smooth rock face
  6. anything that suggests a wall in function or effect: a wall of fire, a wall of prejudice
  7. bang one's head against a brick wallto try to achieve something impossible
  8. drive to the wall, push to the wallto force into an awkward situation
  9. go to the wallto be ruined; collapse financially
  10. drive up the wallslang to cause to become crazy or furious
  11. go up the wallslang to become crazy or furious
  12. have one's back to the wallto be in a very difficult situation
vb (transitive)
  1. to protect, provide, or confine with or as if with a wall
  2. (often followed by up) to block (an opening) with a wall
  3. often followed by in or up: to seal by or within a wall or walls
Etymology: Old English weall, from Latin vallum palisade, from vallus stake

walled adj ˈwall-less adj
'wall' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
Collocations: wall the [town, fortress], a [brick, stone] wall, wall [sockets, plugs, hangings, decorations], more...

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