1. [ noun ] (architecture) 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"

Related terms: partition gable proscenium sidewall attic chimney_breast Wailing_Wall wainscoting great_wall hadrian's_wall firewall bearing_wall parapet cavity_wall room building hallway doorway paneling header course pier wall_panel wainscot capstone arch
2. [ noun ] a vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a cave or mountain)
Related terms: geological_formation cave
3. [ noun ] a layer of material that encloses space

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

Related terms: layer
4. [ noun ] anything that suggests a wall in structure or function or effect

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

Related terms: object hanging_wall footwall
5. [ noun ] (anatomy) a layer (a lining or membrane) that encloses a structure
Synonyms: paries

"stomach walls"

Related terms: stratum abdominal_wall anatomy
6. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 555
7. [ noun ] a difficult or awkward situation

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

Related terms: difficulty
8. [ verb ] surround with a wall in order to fortify
Synonyms: fence fence_in surround palisade
Related terms: protect stockade circumvallate wall_in wall_in rampart environment
9. [ noun ] a masonry fence (as around an estate or garden)

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

Related terms: fence retaining_wall party_wall
10. [ noun ] (military) an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes
Synonyms: rampart bulwark

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

Related terms: embankment fortification earthwork antonine_wall battlement Chinese_Wall bailey fraise merlon fortification
Similar spelling:   Wally