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wall British & World English

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

the Wall in wall British & World English

short for Berlin Wall.

body wall British & World English

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

cell wall British & World 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

sea wall British & World English

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

eye wall British & World English

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

wall bar British & World English

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

wall eye British & World English

An eye with a streaked or opaque white iris

wall game British & World 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 British & World English

Another term for wall-mounted.

wall pass British & World English

A short pass to a teammate who immediately returns it; a one-two

wall plug British & World English

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

wall rock British & World English

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

wall rue British & World English

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

wall tent British & World English

A tent with nearly perpendicular sides; a frame tent

wall unit British & World English

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

wall-to-wall British & World English

(Of a carpet) fitted to cover an entire floor

Berlin Wall British & World English

A fortified and heavily guarded wall built in 1961 by the communist authorities on the boundary between East and West Berlin, 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 dismantled

cavity wall British & World English

A wall formed from two thicknesses of brickwork or blockwork with a space between them

party wall British & World English

A wall common to two adjoining buildings or rooms

wall brown British & World English

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

wall cress British & World English

Another term for arabis.

wall lizard British & World English

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

wall pepper British & World English

The yellow stonecrop (plant)

wall plate British & World English

A timber laid horizontally in or on a wall as a support for a girder, rafter, or joist

wall pocket British & World English

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

wall rocket British & World English

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

wall space British & World English

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

Wall Street British & World English

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

Antonine Wall British & World 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

Servian wall British & World English

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

climbing wall British & World English

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

Chinese wall British & World English

An insurmountable barrier, especially to the passage of information

curtain wall British & World English

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

spandrel wall British & World English

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

Western Wall British & World English

Another name for Wailing Wall.

wall hanging British & World English

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

wall-mounted British & World English

Fixed to a wall

wall painting British & World English

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

Wailing Wall British & World English

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

hanging wall British & World English

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

retaining wall British & World English

A wall that holds back earth or water

hit the wall British & World English

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

off the wall British & World English

Eccentric or unconventional

Hadrian's Wall British & World English

A Roman defensive wall across northern England, stretching from the Solway Firth in the west to the mouth of the River Tyne in the east (about 120 km, 74 miles). 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

Wall of Death British & World English

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

wall of honor British & World English

A wall on which are inscribed the names of individuals whose acts or achievements are deemed praiseworthy

the fourth wall British & World English

The space which separates a performer or performance from an audience

go to the wall British & World English

(Of a business) go out of business; fail

go up the wall British & World English

Become very angry in reaction to something


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