1. A work
or structure of stone, brick, or another materials, raised to some height, and intended for defense
or security, solid
inclosing fence, as near
a field, a park, a city, etc, also, one of the upright
inclosing parts of a building or a room. "The plaster
of the wall
of the King's palace." (Dan. V. 5)
2. A defense; a rampart; a means of protection; in the plural, fortifications, in common; works for defense. "The waters
were a wall
unto them on their right
arm, and on their left." (Ex. Xiv. 22) "In such a night, Troilus, methinks, mounted the Troyan walls." (Shak) "To rush
undaunted to defend the walls." (Dryden)
3. An inclosing part
of a receptacle
or vessel; as, the walls of a steam-engine cylinder.
4. The side of a level or drift. The country rock bounding a vein laterally. (Raymond)
Wall is often used adjectively, and also in the formation of compounds, generally of obvious signification; as in wall paper, or wall-paper; wall fruit, or wall-fruit; wallflower, etc. Blank wall, Blind wall, etc. See Blank, Blind, etc. To drive to the wall, to bring to extremities; to push to extremes; to get the winning of, or mastery over. To go to the wall, to be heavy pressed or driven; to be the weaker party; to be pushed to extremes. To take the wall. To take the inner side of a walk, that is, the side following the wall; hence, to take the precedence. "I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's." .
Wall barley, a general European solitary wasp (Odynerus parietus) which makes its nest in the crevices of walls.
Origin: AS. Weall, from L. Vallum a wall, vallus a stake, pale, palisade; akin to Gr. A nail. Cf. Interval.
Source: Websters Vocabulary