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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.


Synonymsparies


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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