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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wall \Wall\, n. [AS. weall, from L. vallum a wall, vallus a
     stake, pale, palisade; akin to Gr. ? a nail. Cf. Interval.]
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     1. A work or structure of stone, brick, or other materials,
        raised to some height, and intended for defense or
        security, solid and permanent inclosing fence, as around a
        field, a park, a town, etc., also, one of the upright
        inclosing parts of a building or a room.
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              The plaster of the wall of the King's palace. --Dan.
                                                    v. 5.
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     2. A defense; a rampart; a means of protection; in the
        plural, fortifications, in general; works for defense.
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              The waters were a wall unto them on their right
              hand, and on their left.              --Ex. xiv. 22.
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              In such a night,
              Troilus, methinks, mounted the Troyan walls. --Shak.
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              To rush undaunted to defend the walls. --Dryden.
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     3. An inclosing part of a receptacle or vessel; as, the walls
        of a steam-engine cylinder.
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     4. (Mining)
        (a) The side of a level or drift.
        (b) The country rock bounding a vein laterally. --Raymond.
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     Note: Wall is often used adjectively, and also in the
           formation of compounds, usually of obvious
           signification; as in wall paper, or wall-paper; wall
           fruit, or wall-fruit; wallflower, etc.
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     Blank wall, Blind wall, etc. See under Blank, Blind,
     To drive to the wall, to bring to extremities; to push to
        extremes; to get the advantage of, or mastery over.
     To go to the wall, to be hard 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 next the wall; hence, to take the precedence.
        "I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montague's."
     Wall+barley+(Bot.),+a+kind+of+grass+({Hordeum+murinum">Wall barley (Bot.), a kind of grass ({Hordeum murinum)
        much resembling barley; squirrel grass. See under
     Wall box. (Mach.) See Wall frame, below.
     Wall creeper (Zool.), a small bright-colored bird
        ({Tichodroma muraria) native of Asia and Southern Europe.
        It climbs about over old walls and cliffs in search of
        insects and spiders. Its body is ash-gray above, the wing
        coverts are carmine-red, the primary quills are mostly red
        at the base and black distally, some of them with white
        spots, and the tail is blackish. Called also spider
     Wall cress (Bot.), a name given to several low cruciferous
        herbs, especially to the mouse-ear cress. See under
     Wall frame (Mach.), a frame set in a wall to receive a
        pillow block or bearing for a shaft passing through the
        wall; -- called also wall box.
     Wall fruit, fruit borne by trees trained against a wall.
     Wall gecko (Zool.), any one of several species of Old World
        geckos which live in or about buildings and run over the
        vertical surfaces of walls, to which they cling by means
        of suckers on the feet.
     Wall lizard (Zool.), a common European lizard ({Lacerta
        muralis) which frequents houses, and lives in the chinks
        and crevices of walls; -- called also wall newt.
     Wall louse, a wood louse.
     Wall moss (Bot.), any species of moss growing on walls.
     Wall newt (Zool.), the wall lizard. --Shak.
     Wall paper, paper for covering the walls of rooms; paper
     Wall pellitory (Bot.), a European plant ({Parictaria
        officinalis) growing on old walls, and formerly esteemed
     Wall+pennywort+(Bot.),+a+plant+({Cotyledon+Umbilicus">Wall pennywort (Bot.), a plant ({Cotyledon Umbilicus)
        having rounded fleshy leaves. It is found on walls in
        Western Europe.
     Wall+pepper+(Bot.),+a+low+mosslike+plant+({Sedum+acre">Wall pepper (Bot.), a low mosslike plant ({Sedum acre)
        with small fleshy leaves having a pungent taste and
        bearing yellow flowers. It is common on walls and rocks in
        Europe, and is sometimes seen in America.
     Wall pie (Bot.), a kind of fern; wall rue.
     Wall piece, a gun planted on a wall. --H. L. Scott.
     Wall plate (Arch.), a piece of timber placed horizontally
        upon a wall, and supporting posts, joists, and the like.
        See Illust. of Roof.
     Wall rock, granular limestone used in building walls. [U.
        S.] --Bartlett.
     Wall rue (Bot.), a species of small fern ({Asplenium
        Ruta-muraria) growing on walls, rocks, and the like.
     Wall spring, a spring of water issuing from stratified
     Wall tent, a tent with upright cloth sides corresponding to
        the walls of a house.
     Wall wasp (Zool.), a common European solitary wasp
        ({Odynerus parietus) which makes its nest in the crevices
        of walls.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wall \Wall\, n. (Naut.)
     A kind of knot often used at the end of a rope; a wall knot;
     a wale.
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     Wall knot, a knot made by unlaying the strands of a rope,
        and making a bight with the first strand, then passing the
        second over the end of the first, and the third over the
        end of the second and through the bight of the first; a
        wale knot. Wall knots may be single or double, crowned or
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wall \Wall\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Walled; p. pr. & vb. n.
     1. To inclose with a wall, or as with a wall. "Seven walled
        towns of strength." --Shak.
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              The king of Thebes, Amphion,
              That with his singing walled that city. --Chaucer.
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     2. To defend by walls, or as if by walls; to fortify.
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              The terror of his name that walls us in. --Denham.
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     3. To close or fill with a wall, as a doorway.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: an architectural partition with a height and length greater
           than its thickness; used to divide or enclose an area or to
           support another structure; "the south wall had a small
           window"; "the walls were covered with pictures"
      2: anything that suggests a wall in structure or function or
         effect; "a wall of water"; "a wall of smoke"; "a wall of
         prejudice"; "negotiations ran into a brick wall"
      3: (anatomy) a layer (a lining or membrane) that encloses a
         structure; "stomach walls" [syn: wall, paries]
      4: a difficult or awkward situation; "his back was to the wall";
         "competition was pushing them to the wall"
      5: a vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a
         cave or mountain)
      6: a layer of material that encloses space; "the walls of the
         cylinder were perforated"; "the container's walls were blue"
      7: a masonry fence (as around an estate or garden); "the wall
         followed the road"; "he ducked behind the garden wall and
      8: an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes;
         "they stormed the ramparts of the city"; "they blew the
         trumpet and the walls came tumbling down" [syn: rampart,
         bulwark, wall]
      v 1: surround with a wall in order to fortify [syn: wall,
           palisade, fence, fence in, surround]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  136 Moby Thesaurus words for "wall":
     arch dam, arm, armor, armor-plate, backstop, balustrade,
     bamboo curtain, bank, bar, barbed wire, barrage, barricade,
     barrier, battle, bear-trap dam, beaver dam, block, blockade, bluff,
     boom, boundary, brattice, breakwater, breastwork, brick wall,
     buffer, buffer state, bulkhead, bulkhead in, bulwark, bumper, cage,
     castellate, cliff, cloison, close in, cofferdam, collision mat,
     contravallation, coop, corral, crag, crenellate, cushion, dam,
     defense, diaphragm, dig in, dike, dissepiment, ditch, divide,
     dividing line, dividing wall, division, earthwork, embankment,
     embattle, entrench, envelop, escarpment, face, fence, fence off,
     fences, fender, fortify, garrison, gate, gravity dam, groin, hedge,
     hedgerow, hem, hoarding, hydraulic-fill dam, immure, interseptum,
     iron curtain, jam, jetty, leaping weir, levee, logjam, man,
     man the garrison, mat, midriff, midsection, milldam, mine, moat,
     mole, mound, pad, pale, paling, palisade, palisades, panel,
     parapet, paries, partition, party wall, picket, portcullis,
     precipice, property line, rail, railing, rampart, retaining wall,
     roadblock, rock-fill dam, scar, scarp, seawall, separate,
     separation, septulum, septum, set apart, shock pad, shutter dam,
     steep, stockade, stone wall, stop, trellis, vallation, vallum,
     wall off, weir, wicket dam, work, zigzag fence

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

      1. An indication of confusion, usually spoken with a quizzical tone: ?
      2. A request for further explication. Compare octal forty.
      3. [Unix, from ?write all?] v. To send a message to everyone currently
      logged in, esp. with the wall(8) utility.
      It is said that sense 1 came from the idiom ?like talking to a blank wall?.
      It was originally used in situations where, after you had carefully
      answered a question, the questioner stared at you blankly, clearly having
      understood nothing that was explained. You would then throw out a ?Hello,
      wall?? to elicit some sort of response from the questioner. Later, confused
      questioners began voicing ?Wall?? themselves.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

      Unix's "write all" command which sends a
     message to everyone currently logged in.
     [{Jargon File]

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     Cities were surrounded by walls, as distinguished from "unwalled
     villages" (Ezek. 38:11; Lev. 25:29-34). They were made thick and
     strong (Num. 13:28; Deut. 3:5). Among the Jews walls were built
     of stone, some of those in the temple being of great size (1
     Kings 6:7; 7:9-12; 20:30; Mark 13:1, 2). The term is used
     metaphorically of security and safety (Isa. 26:1; 60:18; Rev.
     21:12-20). (See FENCE.)

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  WALL. A building or erection so well known as to need no definition. In 
  general a man may build a wall on any part of his estate, to any height he 
  may deem proper, and in such form as may best accommodate him; but he must 
  take care not to erect a wall contrary to the local regulations, nor in such 
  a manner as to be injurious to his neighbors. See Dig. 50, 16, 157. Vide 
  Party Wall. 

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Wall, PA -- U.S. borough in Pennsylvania
     Population (2000):    727
     Housing Units (2000): 363
     Land area (2000):     0.443021 sq. miles (1.147420 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.443021 sq. miles (1.147420 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            80600
     Located within:       Pennsylvania (PA), FIPS 42
     Location:             40.393468 N, 79.787692 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     15148
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Wall, PA

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Wall, SD -- U.S. town in South Dakota
     Population (2000):    818
     Housing Units (2000): 438
     Land area (2000):     2.023618 sq. miles (5.241146 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.040694 sq. miles (0.105398 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    2.064312 sq. miles (5.346544 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            68380
     Located within:       South Dakota (SD), FIPS 46
     Location:             43.991559 N, 102.240956 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     57790
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Wall, SD

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