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wall    : [w'ɔl]
Wall \Wall\, n. [AS. weall, from L. vallum a wall, vallus a
stake, pale, palisade; akin to Gr. ? a nail. Cf. {Interval}.]
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1. A work or structure of stone, brick, or other materials,
raised to some height, and intended for defense or
security, solid and permanent inclosing fence, as around a
field, a park, a town, etc., also, one of the upright
inclosing parts of a building or a room.
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The plaster of the wall of the King's palace. --Dan.
v. 5.
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2. A defense; a rampart; a means of protection; in the
plural, fortifications, in general; works for defense.
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The waters were a wall unto them on their right
hand, and on their left. --Ex. xiv. 22.
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In such a night,
Troilus, methinks, mounted the Troyan walls. --Shak.
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To rush undaunted to defend the walls. --Dryden.
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3. An inclosing part of a receptacle or vessel; as, the walls
of a steam-engine cylinder.
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4. (Mining)
(a) The side of a level or drift.
(b) The country rock bounding a vein laterally. --Raymond.
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Note: Wall is often used adjectively, and also in the
formation of compounds, usually of obvious
signification; as in wall paper, or wall-paper; wall
fruit, or wall-fruit; wallflower, etc.
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{Blank wall}, Blind wall, etc. See under {Blank}, {Blind},

{To drive to the wall}, to bring to extremities; to push to
extremes; to get the advantage of, or mastery over.

{To go to the wall}, to be hard pressed or driven; to be the
weaker party; to be pushed to extremes.

{To take the wall}. to take the inner side of a walk, that
is, the side next the wall; hence, to take the precedence.
"I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's."

{Wall barley} (Bot.), a kind of grass ({Hordeum murinum})
much resembling barley; squirrel grass. See under

{Wall box}. (Mach.) See {Wall frame}, below.

{Wall creeper} (Zool.), a small bright-colored bird
({Tichodroma muraria}) native of Asia and Southern Europe.
It climbs about over old walls and cliffs in search of
insects and spiders. Its body is ash-gray above, the wing
coverts are carmine-red, the primary quills are mostly red
at the base and black distally, some of them with white
spots, and the tail is blackish. Called also {spider

{Wall cress} (Bot.), a name given to several low cruciferous
herbs, especially to the mouse-ear cress. See under

{Wall frame} (Mach.), a frame set in a wall to receive a
pillow block or bearing for a shaft passing through the
wall; -- called also {wall box}.

{Wall fruit}, fruit borne by trees trained against a wall.

{Wall gecko} (Zool.), any one of several species of Old World
geckos which live in or about buildings and run over the
vertical surfaces of walls, to which they cling by means
of suckers on the feet.

{Wall lizard} (Zool.), a common European lizard ({Lacerta
muralis}) which frequents houses, and lives in the chinks
and crevices of walls; -- called also {wall newt}.

{Wall louse}, a wood louse.

{Wall moss} (Bot.), any species of moss growing on walls.

{Wall newt} (Zool.), the wall lizard. --Shak.

{Wall paper}, paper for covering the walls of rooms; paper

{Wall pellitory} (Bot.), a European plant ({Parictaria
officinalis}) growing on old walls, and formerly esteemed

{Wall pennywort} (Bot.), a plant ({Cotyledon Umbilicus})
having rounded fleshy leaves. It is found on walls in
Western Europe.

{Wall pepper} (Bot.), a low mosslike plant ({Sedum acre})
with small fleshy leaves having a pungent taste and
bearing yellow flowers. It is common on walls and rocks in
Europe, and is sometimes seen in America.

{Wall pie} (Bot.), a kind of fern; wall rue.

{Wall piece}, a gun planted on a wall. --H. L. Scott.

{Wall plate} (Arch.), a piece of timber placed horizontally
upon a wall, and supporting posts, joists, and the like.
See Illust. of {Roof}.

{Wall rock}, granular limestone used in building walls. [U.
S.] --Bartlett.

{Wall rue} (Bot.), a species of small fern ({Asplenium
Ruta-muraria}) growing on walls, rocks, and the like.

{Wall spring}, a spring of water issuing from stratified

{Wall tent}, a tent with upright cloth sides corresponding to
the walls of a house.

{Wall wasp} (Zool.), a common European solitary wasp
({Odynerus parietus}) which makes its nest in the crevices
of walls.
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Wall \Wall\, n. (Naut.)
A kind of knot often used at the end of a rope; a wall knot;
a wale.
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{Wall knot}, a knot made by unlaying the strands of a rope,
and making a bight with the first strand, then passing the
second over the end of the first, and the third over the
end of the second and through the bight of the first; a
wale knot. Wall knots may be single or double, crowned or
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Wall \Wall\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Walled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To inclose with a wall, or as with a wall. "Seven walled
towns of strength." --Shak.
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The king of Thebes, Amphion,
That with his singing walled that city. --Chaucer.
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2. To defend by walls, or as if by walls; to fortify.
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The terror of his name that walls us in. --Denham.
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3. To close or fill with a wall, as a doorway.
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n 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; "the south wall had a small
window"; "the walls were covered with pictures"
2: 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"
3: (anatomy) a layer (a lining or membrane) that encloses a
structure; "stomach walls" [synonym: {wall}, {paries}]
4: a difficult or awkward situation; "his back was to the wall";
"competition was pushing them to the wall"
5: a vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a
cave or mountain)
6: a layer of material that encloses space; "the walls of the
cylinder were perforated"; "the container's walls were blue"
7: a masonry fence (as around an estate or garden); "the wall
followed the road"; "he ducked behind the garden wall and
8: an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes;
"they stormed the ramparts of the city"; "they blew the
trumpet and the walls came tumbling down" [synonym: {rampart},
{bulwark}, {wall}]
v 1: surround with a wall in order to fortify [synonym: {wall},
{palisade}, {fence}, {fence in}, {surround}]

136 Moby Thesaurus words for "wall":
arch dam, arm, armor, armor-plate, backstop, balustrade,
bamboo curtain, bank, bar, barbed wire, barrage, barricade,
barrier, battle, bear-trap dam, beaver dam, block, blockade, bluff,
boom, boundary, brattice, breakwater, breastwork, brick wall,
buffer, buffer state, bulkhead, bulkhead in, bulwark, bumper, cage,
castellate, cliff, cloison, close in, cofferdam, collision mat,
contravallation, coop, corral, crag, crenellate, cushion, dam,
defense, diaphragm, dig in, dike, dissepiment, ditch, divide,
dividing line, dividing wall, division, earthwork, embankment,
embattle, entrench, envelop, escarpment, face, fence, fence off,
fences, fender, fortify, garrison, gate, gravity dam, groin, hedge,
hedgerow, hem, hoarding, hydraulic-fill dam, immure, interseptum,
iron curtain, jam, jetty, leaping weir, levee, logjam, man,
man the garrison, mat, midriff, midsection, milldam, mine, moat,
mole, mound, pad, pale, paling, palisade, palisades, panel,
parapet, paries, partition, party wall, picket, portcullis,
precipice, property line, rail, railing, rampart, retaining wall,
roadblock, rock-fill dam, scar, scarp, seawall, separate,
separation, septulum, septum, set apart, shock pad, shutter dam,
steep, stockade, stone wall, stop, trellis, vallation, vallum,
wall off, weir, wicket dam, work, zigzag fence

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wall: interj. [WPI]

Cities were surrounded by walls, as distinguished from "unwalled
villages" (Ezek. 38:11; Lev. 25:29-34). They were made thick and
strong (Num. 13:28; Deut. 3:5). Among the Jews walls were built
of stone, some of those in the temple being of great size (1
Kings 6:7; 7:9-12; 20:30; Mark 13:1, 2). The term is used
metaphorically of security and safety (Isa. 26:1; 60:18; Rev.
21:12-20). (See {FENCE}.)

WALL. A building or erection so well known as to need no definition. In
general a man may build a wall on any part of his estate, to any height he
may deem proper, and in such form as may best accommodate him; but he must
take care not to erect a wall contrary to the local regulations, nor in such
a manner as to be injurious to his neighbors. See Dig. 50, 16, 157. Vide
Party Wall.

Wall, PA -- U.S. borough in Pennsylvania
Population (2000): 727
Housing Units (2000): 363
Land area (2000): 0.443021 sq. miles (1.147420 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.443021 sq. miles (1.147420 sq. km)
FIPS code: 80600
Located within: Pennsylvania (PA), FIPS 42
Location: 40.393468 N, 79.787692 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 15148
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Wall, PA

Wall, SD -- U.S. town in South Dakota
Population (2000): 818
Housing Units (2000): 438
Land area (2000): 2.023618 sq. miles (5.241146 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.040694 sq. miles (0.105398 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2.064312 sq. miles (5.346544 sq. km)
FIPS code: 68380
Located within: South Dakota (SD), FIPS 46
Location: 43.991559 N, 102.240956 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 57790
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Wall, SD

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