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English noun: wall

1. wall (artifact) an architectural partition with a height and length greater than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to support another structure

SamplesThe south wall had a small window.
The walls were covered with pictures.

Broader (hypernym)divider, partition

Narrower (hyponym)attic, bearing wall, cavity wall, chimney breast, firewall, gable, gable end, gable wall, parapet, proscenium, proscenium wall, sidewall, wainscoting, wainscotting

Instance hyponymHadrian's Wall, Wailing Wall

Part holonymarch, archway, capstone, cope, copestone, coping, coping stone, course, dado, door, doorway, header, pane, paneling, panelling, pier, room access, row, stretcher, threshold, wainscot, wall panel

Part meronymbuilding, edifice, hall, hallway, room

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

SamplesA wall of water.
A wall of smoke.
A wall of prejudice.
Negotiations ran into a brick wall.

Broader (hypernym)object, physical object

Narrower (hyponym)footwall, hanging wall

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

SamplesStomach walls.


Broader (hypernym)stratum

Narrower (hyponym)abdominal wall

Domain categoryanatomy, general anatomy

4. wall (state) a difficult or awkward situation

SamplesHis back was to the wall.
Competition was pushing them to the wall.

Broader (hypernym)difficulty

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

Broader (hypernym)formation, geological formation

Part meronymcave

6. wall (artifact) a layer of material that encloses space

SamplesThe walls of the cylinder were perforated.
The container's walls were blue.

Broader (hypernym)bed, layer

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

SamplesThe wall followed the road.
He ducked behind the garden wall and waited.

Broader (hypernym)fence, fencing

Narrower (hyponym)party wall, retaining wall

8. wall (artifact) an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

SamplesThey stormed the ramparts of the city.
They blew the trumpet and the walls came tumbling down.

Synonymsbulwark, rampart

Broader (hypernym)embankment

Narrower (hyponym)bailey, battlement, crenelation, crenellation, earthwork, fraise, merlon

Instance hyponymAntonine Wall, Chinese Wall, Great Wall, Great Wall of China

Part meronymfortification, munition

English verb: wall

1. wall (competition) surround with a wall in order to fortify

Synonymsfence, fence in, palisade, surround

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)protect

Narrower (hyponym)circumvallate, stockade

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