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wall US English

A continuous vertical brick or stone structure that encloses or divides an area of land

body wall US English

The external surface of an animal body that encloses the body cavity and consists of ectoderm and mesoderm

cell wall US English

A rigid layer of polysaccharides lying outside the plasma membrane of the cells of plants, fungi, and bacteria. In the algae and higher plants, it consists mainly of cellulose

eye wall US English

The area immediately outside the eye of a hurricane or cyclone, associated with tall clouds, heavy rainfall, and high winds

sea wall US English

A wall or embankment erected to prevent the sea from encroaching on or eroding an area of land

wall game US English

(In the UK) an early form of football played traditionally at Eton College, in which, in a series of scrimmages, players attempt to take the ball past the opposing team while keeping the ball against a wall

wall-hung US English

another term for wall-mounted.

wall knot US English

A knot made at the end of a rope by intertwining strands to prevent unraveling or act as a stopper

wall pass US English

A short pass to a teammate who immediately returns it

wall plug US English

A fibre or plastic dowel inserted into a drilled hole to provide a gripping base for a screw

wall rock US English

The rock adjacent to or enclosing a vein, hydrothermal ore deposit, fault, or other geological feature

wall rue US English

A small delicate spleenwort (fern) that resembles rue, growing on walls and rocks in both Europe and North America and sensitive to atmospheric pollution

wall tent US English

A tent with nearly perpendicular sides

wall unit US English

A piece of furniture having various sections, typically shelves and cabinets, designed to stand against a wall

wall bar US English

One of a set of parallel horizontal bars attached to the wall of a gymnasium, on which exercises are performed

wall-to-wall in wall US English

(Of a carpet or other floor covering) fitted to cover an entire floor

wall-to-wall US English

(Of a carpet or other floor covering) fitted to cover an entire floor

Berlin Wall US English

A fortified and heavily guarded wall built on the boundary between East and West Berlin in 1961 by the communist authorities, chiefly to curb the flow of East Germans to the West. It was opened in November 1989 after the collapse of the communist regime in East Germany and subsequently was dismantled

cavity wall US English

A wall formed from two thicknesses of masonry with a space between them

fourth wall US English

The space that separates a performer or performance from an audience

wall lizard US English

A small brownish-grey Eurasian lizard which typically has black and white bars on the tail, frequently seen on walls and rocks

wall plate US English

A piece of lumber laid horizontally in or on a wall as a support for a girder, rafter, or joist

wall pocket US English

A receptacle for small household items, designed to hang on a wall

wall rocket US English

A yellow-flowered European plant that resembles mustard and emits a foul smell when crushed

wall space US English

Space on the surface of an interior wall, regarded as an area for displaying pictures or similar items

Wall Street US English

A street at the south end of Manhattan in New York City, where the New York Stock Exchange and other leading US financial institutions are located

wall brown US English

A brown Eurasian butterfly with orange markings on the wings, which breeds on grasses

wall chart US English

A chart or poster designed for display on a wall as a teaching aid or source of information

wall cress US English

another term for arabis.

party wall US English

A wall common to two adjoining buildings or rooms

Antonine Wall US English

A defensive fortification about 59 km (37 miles) long, built (circa 140 ad) across the narrowest part of southern Scotland between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde. It was intended to mark the frontier of the Roman province of Britain

Chinese wall US English

An insurmountable barrier, especially to the passage of information or communication

climbing wall US English

A wall at a sports center or in a gymnasium fitted with attachments to simulate a rock face for climbing practice

curtain wall US English

A fortified wall around a medieval castle, typically one linking towers together

hanging wall US English

The block of rock that lies above an inclined fault or an ore body

Servian wall US English

A wall encircling the ancient city of Rome, said to have been built by Servius Tullius

spandrel wall US English

A wall built on the curve of an arch, filling in the spandrel

wall hanging US English

A large decorative piece of fabric or other material to be hung on the wall of a room

wall-mounted US English

Fixed to a wall

wall painting US English

A painting made directly on a wall, such as a fresco or mural

Wailing Wall US English

another name for Western Wall.

wall covering US English

Material such as wallpaper or textured fabric used as a decorative covering for interior walls

Western Wall US English

A high wall in Jerusalem said to stand on the site of Herod’s temple, where Jews traditionally pray and lament on Fridays

Hadrian's Wall US English

A Roman defensive wall across northern England, stretching from the Solway Firth in the west to the mouth of the Tyne River in the east (about 74 miles; 120 km). It was begun in ad 122, after the emperor Hadrian’s visit, to defend the province of Britain against invasions by tribes from the north

retaining wall US English

A wall that holds back earth or water

hit the wall in wall US English

(Of an athlete) experience a sudden loss of energy in a long race

off the wall in wall US English

Eccentric or unconventional

hit the wall US English

(Of an athlete) experience a sudden loss of energy in a long race

off the wall US English

Eccentric or unconventional

Wall of Death US English

A fairground sideshow in which a motorcyclist uses gravitational force to ride around the inside walls of a vertical cylinder


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