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WALL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wall mean? 

WALL (noun)
  The noun WALL has 8 senses:

1. an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure
2. an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
3. anything that suggests a wall in structure or function or effect
4. a masonry fence (as around an estate or garden)
5. (anatomy) a layer (a lining or membrane) that encloses a structure
6. a vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a cave or mountain)
7. a layer of material that encloses space
8. a difficult or awkward situation

  Familiarity information: WALL used as a noun is common.


WALL (verb)
  The verb WALL has 1 sense:

1. surround with a wall in order to fortify

  Familiarity information: WALL used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


WALL (noun)


Sense 1wall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context examples:

the south wall had a small window / the walls were covered with pictures

Hypernyms ("wall" is a kind of...):

divider; partition (a vertical structure that divides or separates (as a wall divides one room from another))

Meronyms (parts of "wall"):

wall panel (paneling that forms part of a wall)

dado; wainscot (panel forming the lower part of an interior wall when it is finished differently from the rest of the wall)

pier ((architecture) a vertical supporting structure (as a portion of wall between two doors or windows))

pane; paneling; panelling (a panel or section of panels in a wall or door)

cope; coping; header (brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall)

door; doorway; room access; threshold (the entrance (the space in a wall) through which you enter or leave a room or building; the space that a door can close)

course; row ((construction) a layer of masonry)

capstone; copestone; coping stone; stretcher (a stone that forms the top of wall or building)

arch; archway (a passageway under a curved masonry construction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wall"):

wainscoting; wainscotting (a wainscoted wall (or wainscoted walls collectively))

proscenium; proscenium wall (the wall that separates the stage from the auditorium in a modern theater)

parapet (a low wall along the edge of a roof or balcony)

gable; gable end; gable wall (the vertical triangular wall between the sloping ends of gable roof)

firewall (a fireproof (or fire-resistant) wall designed to prevent the spread of fire through a building or a vehicle)

chimney breast (walls that project out from the wall of a room and surround the chimney base)

cavity wall (a wall formed of two thicknesses of masonry with a space between them)

sidewall (a wall that forms the side of a structure)

bearing wall (any wall supporting a floor or the roof of a building)

attic ((architecture) a low wall at the top of the entablature; hides the roof)

Instance hyponyms:

Wailing Wall (a wall in Jerusalem; sacred to Jews as a place of prayer and lamentation; its stones are believed to have formed part of the Temple of Solomon)

Hadrian's Wall (an ancient Roman wall built by Hadrian in the 2nd century; marked the northern boundary of the Roman Empire in Britain)

Holonyms ("wall" is a part of...):

room (an area within a building enclosed by walls and floor and ceiling)

hall; hallway (an interior passage or corridor onto which rooms open)

building; edifice (a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place)


Sense 2wall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

bulwark; rampart; wall

Context examples:

they stormed the ramparts of the city / they blew the trumpet and the walls came tumbling down

Hypernyms ("wall" is a kind of...):

embankment (a long artificial mound of stone or earth; built to hold back water or to support a road or as protection)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wall"):

fraise (sloping or horizontal rampart of pointed stakes)

bailey (the outer defensive wall that surrounds the outer courtyard of a castle)

battlement; crenelation; crenellation (a rampart built around the top of a castle with regular gaps for firing arrows or guns)

merlon (a solid section between two crenels in a crenelated battlement)

earthwork (an earthen rampart)

Instance hyponyms:

Antonine Wall (a fortification 37 miles long across the narrowest part of southern Scotland (between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde); built in 140 to mark the frontier of the Roman province of Britain)

Chinese Wall; Great Wall; Great Wall of China (a fortification 1,500 miles long built across northern China in the 3rd century BC; is 1,500 miles long and averages 6 meters in width)

Holonyms ("wall" is a part of...):

fortification; munition (defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it)


Sense 3wall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Anything that suggests a wall in structure or function or effect

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Context examples:

a wall of water / a wall of smoke / a wall of prejudice / negotiations ran into a brick wall

Hypernyms ("wall" is a kind of...):

object; physical object (a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wall"):

footwall (the lower wall of an inclined fault)

hanging wall (the upper wall of an inclined fault)


Sense 4wall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A masonry fence (as around an estate or garden)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context examples:

the wall followed the road / he ducked behind the garden wall and waited

Hypernyms ("wall" is a kind of...):

fence; fencing (a barrier that serves to enclose an area)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wall"):

party wall (a wall erected on the line between two properties and shared by both owners)

retaining wall (a wall that is built to resist lateral pressure (especially a wall built to prevent the advance of a mass of earth))


Sense 5wall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(anatomy) a layer (a lining or membrane) that encloses a structure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

paries; wall

Context example:

stomach walls

Hypernyms ("wall" is a kind of...):

stratum (one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another (such as a layer of tissue or cells in an organism or a layer of sedimentary rock))

Domain category:

anatomy; general anatomy (the branch of morphology that deals with the structure of animals)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wall"):

abdominal wall (a wall of the abdomen)


Sense 6wall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a cave or mountain)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Hypernyms ("wall" is a kind of...):

formation; geological formation ((geology) the geological features of the earth)

Holonyms ("wall" is a part of...):

cave (a geological formation consisting of an underground enclosure with access from the surface of the ground or from the sea)


Sense 7wall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A layer of material that encloses space

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context examples:

the walls of the cylinder were perforated / the container's walls were blue

Hypernyms ("wall" is a kind of...):

bed; layer (single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance)


Sense 8wall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A difficult or awkward situation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context examples:

his back was to the wall / competition was pushing them to the wall

Hypernyms ("wall" is a kind of...):

difficulty (a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome)


WALL (verb)


Sense 1wall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Surround with a wall in order to fortify

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Synonyms:

palisade; wall; fence in; fence; surround

Hypernyms (to "wall" is one way to...):

protect (shield from danger, injury, destruction, or damage)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "wall"):

stockade (surround with a stockade in order to fortify)

circumvallate (surround with or as if with a rampart or other fortification)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Also:

wall in; wall up (enclose with a wall)


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