Meaning of WALL in English

WALL

/ wɔːl; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

1.

a long vertical solid structure, made of stone, brick or concrete, that surrounds, divides or protects an area of land :

The fields were divided by stone walls.

He sat on the wall and watched the others playing.

—see also sea wall

2.

any of the vertical sides of a building or room :

I'm going to paint the walls white and the ceiling pink.

Hang the picture on the wall opposite the window.

She leaned against the wall.

3.

something that forms a barrier or stops you from making progress :

The boat struck a solid wall of water.

The investigators were confronted by a wall of silence .

4.

the outer layer of sth hollow such as an organ of the body or a cell of an animal or a plant :

the abdominal wall

the wall of an artery

IDIOMS

- go to the wall

- off the wall

- up the wall

- walls have ears

—more at back noun , bounce verb , brick noun , fly noun , four , handwriting , head noun , writing

■ verb

[ vn ] [ usually passive ] to surround an area, a town, etc. with a wall or walls :

a walled city

PHRASAL VERBS

- wall sth in

- wall sth off

- wall sb up

- wall sth up

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English , from Latin vallum rampart, from vallus stake.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.