• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Walled fortified
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Wall Book-Case Wall Book-Case
Showing wooden ceiling and decorated walls Showing wooden ceiling and decorated walls
Wall, Josiah and me, we went to that funeral Wall, Josiah and me, we went to that funeral
The "Dane John" from the City Wall Canterbury The "Dane John" from the City Wall Canterbury
Shadows on the Wall Shadows on the Wall
Wall Shelf Detail Wall Shelf Detail


  • Robert Frost
    “Something there is that doesn't love a wall, and wants it down.”
  • Bible
    “So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height; for the people had a mind to work. [Nehemiah 4:6 ]”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Build bridges instead of walls and you will have a friend.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “Home is any four walls that enclose the right person.”
  • Canon Lindsay Dewar
    Canon Lindsay Dewar
    “Every one comes between men's souls and God, either as a brick wall or as a bridge. Either you are leading men to God or you are driving them away.”
  • Jim Rohn
    “The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.”


Back to the wall - If you have your back to the wall, you are in a difficult situation with very little room for manoeuvre.
Balls to the walls - (USA) If you do something balls to the wall, you apply full acceleration or exertion.
Bounce off the walls - If someone's bouncing off the walls, they are very excited about something.
Chinese walls - Chinese walls are regulatory information barriers that aim to stop the flow of information that could be misused, especially in financial corporations.
Drive someone up the wall - If something or someone drives you up the wall, they do something that irritates you greatly.
Fly on the wall - If you are able to see and hear events as they happen, you are a fly on the wall.
Go to the wall - If a company goes to the wall, it goes bust or fails.
Good walls make good neighbours - Your relationship with your neighbours depends, among other things, on respecting one another's privacy.
Off the wall - Something that is off the wall is unconventional.
Talking to a brick wall - If you talk to someone and they do not listen to you, it is like talking to a brick wall.
Up the wall - If someone goes up the wall, they get very angry.
Writing on the wall - If the writing's on the wall for something, it is doomed to fail.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. weall, wall; Ger. wall, both from L. vallum, a rampart—vallus, a stake.


In literature:

On the outer face the north wall measured 14 feet, the south wall 151/2 feet, the east wall 16 feet, the west wall 14 feet.
"Archeological Investigations" by Gerard Fowke
He was finally condemned in his own palace, at Bishopthorpe, and executed near to the walls of the city.
"The Cathedral Church of York" by A. Clutton-Brock
The south wall of this projects beyond the wall of the south transept.
"Bell's Cathedrals: Wimborne Minster and Christchurch Priory" by Thomas Perkins
In 1653, the Dutch built a wall across the island at the present Wall street.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
All they needed was the brick of discovery; then they could build their wall.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
American building acts describe the kind of bond to be used for ordinary walls, and the kind for faced walls.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
The walls, like all the walls of the cottage inside and out, were whitewashed.
"The Call of the Blood" by Robert Smythe Hichens
We missed him on this evening but nevertheless our song sounded well, echoing from wall to wall, and we liked it.
"A Canyon Voyage" by Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
The ayah had thrust the child underneath the wall of the tent, at the first alarm.
"At the Point of the Bayonet" by G. A. Henty
The top of the wall, however, is temporarily protected by the usual series of thin sandstone slabs used in the finishing of wall copings.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various

In poetry:

'From exile sad, returning home,
I kiss'd the sacred earth:
And flew to find my native woods,
And walls that gave me birth.
"A Tale" by John Logan
'Alas! the change that time had made!
My ancient friends were gone;
Another race possess'd the walls,
And I was left alone!
"A Tale" by John Logan
But here there is no stir at all;
The ministers of sun and shadow
Horde all the perfumes of the meadow
Behind a grassy wall.
"In May" by Archibald Lampman
So I learned at last the lesson
That walls, and gates, and keys
Can never exclude life's sorrows;
They enter as they please.
"The Postern Gate" by John Lawson Stoddard
With blackening wall and mossy roof,
With stained and warping floor,
A stately mansion stands aloof
And bars its haughty door.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And many a one from Waldhurst's walls
Along the banks did roam,
But soon the evening wind came cold,
And all betook them home.
"Rudiger - A Ballad" by Robert Southey

In news:

I use Velcro dots on the back of my posters, walls and cabinets.
Enlarge Michael Mancuso/The Times GIRLS' SOCCER: Wall at Allentown in state tournament From left, Allentown 's #2 Sydney Quinn has her shot caught by Wall's GK #30 Madi Mitchell late in the game.
There was the wall-to-wall TV coverage by ESPN, NFL Network, CNN, Fox and MSNBC that smacked of a hostage situation, or military crisis.
Drape Wall / Cloak Wall.
Occupy Wall Street plans 'people's wall' outside NY Stock Exchange for anniversary.
Turns out an intervention's a lovely thing SANDRA SNYDER WALL TO WALL.
A second veterans wall is planned to be constructed directly behind the original wall.
Traynor/Savannah Morning News Abercorn at Oglethorpe was already wall-to-wall with crowds much larger than normal by 10:25 am Saturday.
Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, wall-to-wall mayhem : See this Las Vegas Valley family's home.
So, when do you throw caution to the mighty winds SANDRA SNYDER WALL TO WALL.
30, following news, our regular Money Matters columnist, Christopher J Newfield, will discuss what Occupy Wall Street looks like from Wall Street insiders.
National Energy Reporter for the Wall Street Journal and co-author of 24 Days: How Two Wall Street Journal Reporters Uncovered the Lies That Destroyed Faith in Corporate America.
The wall finishes were inconsistent, with one wall done in wood and the rest in drywall.
City officials are getting weary of the Margarita Grill's "Wall-To-Wall Wednesdays" and "Wasted Weekends.".
We have wall to wall coverage of the Freeh report and its aftermath online now.

In science:

Thus given any c-wall we can find another c-wall whose h–coefficient has been multiplied by −1.
Quiver varieties, category O for rational Cherednik algebras, and Hecke algebras
Now given a wall between two adjacent alcoves whose representatives are labelled by (s, w, +) and (s′ , w′ , +) we could ask for a geometrically defined wall-crossing functor T and then find an endomorphism Φ−1 (s′ ,w ′ ) ◦ T ◦ Φ(s,w) of Db (C[V ] ∗ G).
Quiver varieties, category O for rational Cherednik algebras, and Hecke algebras
This shows that the distribution of the range of 1-watermelons without wall weakly converges to the limiting distribution of the height of 1-watermelons with wall (see ).
The height and range of watermelons without wall
The correlation of such disorder remains confined to the walls; it only modifies the wall dynamics of the system and suppresses the singularity related to GP.
Selective substitution in orbital domains of a low doped manganite : an investigation from Griffiths phenomenon and modification of glassy features
B partitioned by the walls associated with d ∈ DhE i over ∆× , with the central fiber being partitioned further by the walls associated with d ∈ DhE0 i \ DhE i .
Lattice Zariski k-ples of plane sextic curves and Z-splitting curves for double plane sextics