(noun, verb)


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

Definition categories: man–made, divider, partition

2. anything that suggests a wall in structure or function or effect

- a wall of water

- a wall of smoke

- a wall of prejudice

Definition categories: object

3. (anatomy) a layer (a lining or membrane) that encloses a structure

- stomach walls

Similar word(s): paries

Definition categories: body, stratum

4. a difficult or awkward situation

- his back was to the wall

- competition was pushing them to the wall

Definition categories: state, difficulty

5. a vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a cave or mountain)

Definition categories: object, formation

6. a layer of material that encloses space

- the walls of the cylinder were perforated

- the container's walls were blue

Definition categories: man–made, bed, layer

7. a masonry fence (as around an estate or garden)

- the wall followed the road

- he ducked behind the garden wall and waited

Definition categories: man–made, fence, fencing

8. an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

- they blew the trumpet and the walls came tumbling down

Similar word(s): bulwark, rampart

Definition categories: man–made, embankment

Sentences with wall as a noun:

- The town wall was surrounded by a moat.

- We're adding another wall in this room during the remodeling.  The wind blew against the walls of the tent.

- A wall of police officers met the protesters before they reached the capitol steps.

- a seawall;  a firewall

- a wall of sound;  a wall of water


1. surround with a wall in order to fortify

Similar word(s): fence, palisade, surround

Definition categories: competition, protect

Sentences with wall as a verb:

- He walled the study with books.

- They had walled in the garden

- The previous owners had walled off two rooms, making an apartment.

- They walled up the basement space that had been used as a coal bin.