wall

wall

synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of wall in English

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English

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /wɔːl/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /wɔl/
  • (cotcaught merger) IPA(key): /wɑl/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːl

Etymology 1

From Middle English wall, from Old English weall (wall, dike, earthwork, rampart, dam, rocky shore, cliff), from Proto-Germanic *wallaz, *wallą (wall, rampart, entrenchment), from Latin vallum (wall, rampart, entrenchment, palisade), from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (to turn, wind, roll). Perhaps conflated with waw (a wall within a house or dwelling, a room partition), from Middle English wawe, from Old English wāg, wāh (an interior wall, divider), see waw. Cognate with North Frisian wal (wall), Saterland Frisian Waal (wall, rampart, mound), Dutch wal (wall, rampart, embankment), German Wall (rampart, mound, embankment), Swedish vall (mound, wall, bank). More at wallow, walk.

Noun

wall (plural walls)

  1. A rampart of earth, stones etc. built up for defensive purposes.
  2. A structure built for defense surrounding a city, castle etc.
  3. Each of the substantial structures acting either as the exterior of or divisions within a structure.
  4. A point of desperation.
  5. A point of defeat or extinction.
  6. An impediment to free movement.
    As Goebbels put it, “We want to build a wall, a protective wall.” , Timothy Snyder, The New York Times, June 14, 2018, How Did the Nazis Gain Power in Germany?
  7. A type of butterfly (Lasiommata megera).
  8. (often in combination) A barrier.
  9. A barrier to vision.
  10. Something with the apparent solidity and dimensions of a building wall.
  11. (anatomy, zoology, botany) A divisive or containing structure in an organ or cavity.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page 4-5
      The epidermal cells of the capsule wall of Jubulopsis, with nodose "trigones" at the angles, are very reminiscent of what one finds in Frullania spp.
  12. (auction) A fictional bidder used to increase the price at an auction.
    Synonym: chandelier
  13. (US, slang, medicine) A doctor who tries to admit as few patients as possible.
    Antonym: sieve
  14. (soccer) A line of defenders set up between an opposing free-kick taker and the goal.
  15. (Internet) A personal notice board listing messages of interest to a particular user.
Synonyms
  • (rampart): rampart
  • (fictional bidder at an auction): chandelier
Meronyms
  • (rampart): terreplein (level walkway); parapet, crenellation (minor secondary wall protecting the terreplein); banquette (area elevated above the terreplein for use by defenders)
Translations

Verb

wall (third-person singular simple present walls, present participle walling, simple past and past participle walled)

  1. To enclose with a wall
    He walled the study with books.
  2. (with "in") To enclose by surrounding with walls.
    They had walled in the garden
  3. (with "off") To separate with a wall
    The previous owners had walled off two rooms, making an apartment.
  4. (with "up") To seal with a wall
    They walled up the basement space that had been used as a coal bin.
Translations

Derived terms

Etymology 2

From Middle English wallen, from Old English weallan (to bubble, boil), from Proto-Germanic *wallōną, *wellōną (to fount, stream, boil), from Proto-Indo-European *welǝn-, *welǝm- (wave). Cognate with Middle Dutch wallen (to boil, bubble), Dutch wellen (to weld), German wellen (to wave, warp), Danish vælde (to overwhelm), Swedish välla (to gush, weld). See also well.

Verb

wall (third-person singular simple present walls, present participle walling, simple past and past participle walled)

  1. To boil.
  2. To well, as water; spring.
Related terms
  • well
  • overwhelm

Etymology 3

From Middle English walle, from Old English *wealla, *weall (spring), from Proto-Germanic *wallô, *wallaz (well, spring). See above. Cognate with Old Frisian walla (spring), Old English wiell (well).

Noun

wall (plural walls)

  1. (chiefly dialectal) A spring of water.

Etymology 4

Noun

wall (plural walls)

  1. (nautical) A kind of knot often used at the end of a rope; a wall knot or wale.

Etymology 5

Interjection

wall

  1. (US) Eye dialect spelling of well.
    • 1858, The New Priest in Conception Bay by Robert Lowell [2]
      Wall, they spoke up, 'n' says to her, s'd they, "Why, look a-here, aunty, Wus't his skin, 't was rock?" so s's she, "I guess not." (Well, they spoke up and says to her, said they, "Why look a-here, aunty, was it his skin that was rock [referring to the Apostle Peter]?" So says she, "I guess not.")
    • 1988, Herbert M. Sutherland, Tall Tales of the Devil's Apron, The Overmountain Press →ISBN, page 97
      Wall, be that as it may, ol' Hosshead was a purty good citizen in his day, an' he shore did make Juneybell toe the mark.

Anagrams

  • lawl

German

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -al

Verb

wall

  1. Imperative singular of wallen.
  2. (colloquial) First-person singular present of wallen.

Middle English

Noun

wall

  1. Alternative form of wale (selection, preference)

Adjective

wall

  1. Alternative form of wale

Scots

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /wɑl/, /wal/

Noun

wall (plural walls)

  1. A well. (clarification of this definition is needed)

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