Meaning of WALL in English


Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


A ~ is one of the vertical sides of a building or room.

Kathryn leaned against the ~ of the church...

The bedroom ~s would be painted light blue...

She checked the ~ clock.



...a glass-~ed elevator...



A ~ is a long narrow vertical structure made of stone or brick that surrounds or divides an area of land.

He sat on the ~ in the sun...



The ~ of something that is hollow is its side.

He ran his fingers along the inside ~s of the box.

N-COUNT: with supp


A ~ of something is a large amount of it forming a high vertical barrier.

She gazed at the ~ of books...

I was just hit by a ~ of water.

N-COUNT: with supp, usu N of n


You can describe something as a ~ of a particular kind when it acts as a barrier and prevents people from understanding something.

The police say they met the usual ~ of silence...

N-COUNT: with supp, usu N of n


see also cavity ~ , dry-stone ~ , fly-on-the-~ , hole-in-the-~ , off-the-~ , retaining ~ , sea ~ , stone~ , ~-to-~


If you say that you are banging your head against a ~, you are emphasizing that you are frustrated because someone is stopping you from making progress in something. (INFORMAL)

I appealed for help but felt I was always banging my head against a ~...

I wondered if I was banging my head against a brick ~.

PHRASE: V inflects, usu cont emphasis


If you have your back to the ~, you are in a very difficult situation and can see no way out of it. (INFORMAL)

Their threat to hire replacement workers has the union with its back to the ~.

PHRASE: back inflects


If you say that something or someone is driving you up the ~, you are emphasizing that they annoy and irritate you. (INFORMAL)

The heat is driving me up the ~...

I sang in the bath and drove my parents up the ~.

PHRASE: V inflects emphasis


If a person or company goes to the ~, they lose all their money and their business fails. (INFORMAL)

Even quite big companies are going to the ~ these days.

PHRASE: V inflects


fly on the ~: see fly

the writing is on the ~: see writing

Collins COBUILD.      Толковый словарь английского языка для изучающих язык Коллинз COBUILD (международная база данных языков Бирмингемского университета) .