Meaning of WALL in English

■ noun

1》 a continuous vertical brick or stone structure that encloses or divides an area of land.

↘a side of a building or room.

2》 a protective or restrictive barrier likened to a ~: a ~ of silence.

3》 Soccer a line of defenders forming a barrier against a free kick taken near the penalty area.

4》 Anatomy & Zoology the membranous outer layer or lining of an organ or cavity.

5》 Mining the rock enclosing a lode or seam.

6》 another term for ~ brown .

■ verb enclose within ~s.

↘( ~ something up ) block or seal a place by building a ~.

↘( ~ someone in/up ) confine someone in a restricted or sealed place.


drive someone (or go ) up the ~ informal make someone (or become) very irritated or angry.

go to the ~ informal (of a business) fail; go out of business.

hit the ~ (of an athlete) experience a sudden loss of energy in a long race.

off the ~ N. Amer. informal

1》 eccentric or unconventional.

2》 angry.

~-to-~ (of a carpet) fitted to cover an entire floor.

↘ informal very numerous or plentiful.


~ing noun


OE: from L. vallum 'rampart', from vallus 'stake'.

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