• The Giant's Hall, Luray
    The Giant's Hall, Luray
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hall a large entrance or reception room or area
    • n hall a college or university building containing living quarters for students
    • n hall a large building for meetings or entertainment
    • n hall a large room for gatherings or entertainment "lecture hall","pool hall"
    • n hall a large building used by a college or university for teaching or research "halls of learning"
    • n hall an interior passage or corridor onto which rooms open "the elevators were at the end of the hall"
    • n hall the large room of a manor or castle
    • n hall a large and imposing house
    • n Hall United States astronomer who discovered Phobos and Deimos (the two satellites of Mars) (1829-1907)
    • n Hall United States explorer who led three expeditions to the Arctic (1821-1871)
    • n Hall United States chemist who developed an economical method of producing aluminum from bauxite (1863-1914)
    • n Hall United States child psychologist whose theories of child psychology strongly influenced educational psychology (1844-1924)
    • n Hall English writer whose novel about a lesbian relationship was banned in Britain for many years (1883-1943)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Town Hall, Godalming The Town Hall, Godalming
Cedars at Juniper Hall Cedars at Juniper Hall
City Hall, Quebec City Hall, Quebec
Cobham Hall Cobham Hall
The Sportsman Tonbridge, At Rochester, On Town Hall,  High St. Tonbridge The Sportsman Tonbridge, At Rochester, On Town Hall, High St. Tonbridge
On Town Hall Rochester On Town Hall Rochester
On ye Church, On Town Hall, At Maidstone On ye Church, On Town Hall, At Maidstone

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first open heart surgery was performed by Dr. Daniel Hall Williams in 1893
    • Hall A building or room of considerable size and stateliness, used for public purposes; as, Westminster Hall, in London.
    • Hall A college in an English university (at Oxford, an unendowed college).
    • Hall A name given to many manor houses because the magistrate's court was held in the hall of his mansion; a chief mansion house.
    • Hall A vestibule, entrance room, etc., in the more elaborated buildings of later times.
    • Hall Any corridor or passage in a building.
    • Hall Cleared passageway in a crowd; -- formerly an exclamation. "A hall ! a hall !"
    • Hall The apartment in which English university students dine in common; hence, the dinner itself; as, hall is at six o'clock.
    • Hall The chief room in a castle or manor house, and in early times the only public room, serving as the place of gathering for the lord's family with the retainers and servants, also for cooking and eating. It was often contrasted with the bower, which was the private or sleeping apartment.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is a Hamburger hall of fame in Seymour, Wisconsin
    • n hall A building, or a large room or compartment in a building, devoted to some public or common use: in various special applications. See below.
    • n hall Specifically — In medieval palaces and castles, the main room, often the only living-room. Besides the hall, in very early times, even in the greatest houses, there were only a few sleeping-rooms, and not always these. In such a hall the lord and his family, retainers, servants, and visitors were all accommodated, and all public and household affairs were carried on. Later rooms more retired were added, but throughout the feudal period the hall remained the common center of activity. Westminster Hall in London was originally a part of the royal palace, where all the common life of the royal court was conducted and the king dispensed justice. This great room continued to be the principal seat of justice in England till 1820.
    • n hall Hence — In Great Britain: A manor-house; the proprietor's residence on a large landed estate: also to some extent an American use, especially in the South.
    • n hall The public or common room of a manor-house, serving as a general meeting-and reception-room, and in which justices' courts were formerly held. A mercantile building or room for the sale of particular articles or goods on account of their owners or producers; a place of sale or of business for a trade or gild: as, a hardware hall; Goldsmiths' Hall or Stationers' Hall in London.
    • n hall An edifice in which courts of justice are held or legal archives are preserved: as, Westminster Hall; the Hall of Records in New York.
    • n hall A room or building devoted to public business or entertainment, or to meetings of public or corporate bodies: as, a town hall; an association hall; a music-hall.
    • n hall The main building of a college, and in some instances, as at Oxford and Cambridge in England, the specific name of a college. The number of colleges called halls (a term which, as well as house, was originally applied to the residence of the college scholars) in these universities, once considerable, is now small and diminishing.
    • n hall In English colleges: The large room in which the students dine in common. Hence— The students' dinner.
    • n hall In American colleges: A room or building appropriated to the meetings of a literary or other society; also, the society itself.
    • n hall One of the buildings in which students sleep; a dormitory.
    • n hall An entranceway or passageway in a house leading to or communicating with its different parts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The distance between cities are actually the distances between city halls.
    • n Hall hawl a large room or passage at the entrance of a house: a large chamber for public business—for meetings, or for the sale of particular goods: an edifice in which courts of justice are held: a manor-house: the main building of a college, and in some cases, as at Oxford and Cambridge, the specific name of a college itself: an unendowed college: a licensed residence for students: the great room in which the students dine together—hence also the dinner itself: a place for special professional education, or for conferring professional degrees or licenses, as a Divinity Hall, Apothecaries' Hall
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  • Oscar Levant
    “An epigram is only a wisecrack that's played at Carnegie Hall.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hall-mark of true science.”
  • Sarah J. Hale
    Sarah J. Hale
    “Nor need we power or splendor, wide hall or lordly dome; the good, the true, the tender- these form the wealth of home.”
  • Vince Lombardi
    “A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.”
  • Ronald Knox
    Ronald Knox
    “The hall-mark of American humor is its pose of illiteracy.”


You can't fight City Hall - This phrase is used when one is so cynical that one doesn't think one can change their Representatives. The phrase must have started with frustration towards a local body of government.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. halle, hal, AS. heal, heall,; akin to D. hal, OS. & OHG. halla, G. halle, Icel. höll, and prob. from a root meaning, to hide, conceal, cover. See Hell Helmet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. heall; Dut. hal, Ice. holl, &c.


In literature:

Why shouldn't we live at Cross Hall?
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
On reaching the hall I met one of the maids ascending the stairway.
"The Ivory Snuff Box" by Arnold Fredericks
They have met in various churches and halls, but of late years the historic old Faneuil Hall has been selected.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
This letter reached Lady Frances at Hendon Hall on the return of herself and her brother from Gorse Hall.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
With the stealthy motion of a cat, he crept along the hall and opened the front door.
"A Noble Woman" by Ann S. Stephens
Go quietly back and summon every one to a meeting in the town hall at once.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The Middle Temple hall surpasses the halls of the other societies in size and splendour.
"Dickens' London" by Francis Miltoun
Mr. Hall thinks Mike has no personal hatred of Moore.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
At that time Lawrence Colby, the Putnam Hall chum of the older Rovers, was at the head of a military academy called Colby Hall.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
Mrs. Rushton, with tears in her eyes, turned to Fred, in the lower hall.
"The Rushton Boys at Rally Hall" by Spencer Davenport

In poetry:

We weep, we weep, we weep, in want and
They laugh, they laugh, they laugh, in tower
and hall!
"The Song Of The Poor" by Ernest Jones
I tell you, as my tale began,
The hall is standing still;
And you, kind listener, maid or man,
May see it if you will.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"As sweet and good is young Kathleen
As Eve before her fall;"
So sang the harper at the fair,
So harped he in the hall.
"Kathleen" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And when the came to Kyng Adlands halle
Before the goodlye yate,
Ther they found good Kyng Adland
Rearing himselfe theratt.
"King Estmere" by Anonymous British
Ah, do not stay your seemly grief,
But let the teardrop fall!
For many hearts shall always mourn
The fate of bold Ben Hall.
"Death of Ben Hall" by Anonymous Oceania
'Count Louis, honour to your race
Decrees the Council-hall:
You 'scape the rope by special grace,
And like a soldier fall.'
"Archduchess Anne" by George Meredith

In news:

Celebrating those that give back to the community was the focus of the 16th Annual Santa Paula Latino Town Hall Awards held September 7 at La Casa del Mexicano Hall, where (l to r) Pete Sanchez (Youth).
Seton Hall's Fuquan Edwin was named to the all-Tournament team this weekend at the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament, where the Pirates went 1-1.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe continued his campaign to get punter Ray Guy into the Hall of Fame by writing "Vote Ray Guy " on his jersey patch commemorating the Hall of Fame.
Merle Haggard was a surprise guest Tuesday night (April 10) at Keith Urban's We're All for the Hall fundraiser for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 's Class of 2013 to Be Announced on Tuesday (Photo Credit: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ).
Also, Hall of Famers will be in the broadcast booths to announce and comment about the Hall of Fame's 50 Years, and teams will use the occasion to honor their alumni and celebrate their team histories.
It can even mean "lecture hall" or "pool hall.".
In 1988, Dawn was inducted into Waite High School's Hall of Fame and in 2002, she was inducted into the Toledo City Athletic League Hall of Fame.
Washington Business Hall of Fame 2012 honoree Ron Paul, chairman and CEO of EagleBank, and Roxanne Little, wife of Washington Business Hall of Fame co-chair Bob Pincus.
Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Joe Sakic walks on stage at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday.
Hockey Hall of Fame classmates, from left, Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure, Adam Oates and Joe Sakic, are presented with their jackets before the Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Game on Sunday in Toronto.
(l to r) Ronald E Hall, Jr and Ronald E Hall Sr, owners, Bridgewater Interiors L.L.C.
Photo courtesy of Seton Hall Athletics Seton Hall credits its 10-day August trip to Spain as part of the reason it feels confident heading into the 2012-13 season.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band performed with dancers from the Trey McIntyre Project at Carnegie Hall on Saturday night.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Terry Stewart during the hall's 15th anniversary celebrations Sept 3, 2010.

In science:

In this work, we will show that within a certain frequency-ω , wavevector-q limiting procedure, the T=0, ω → 0, thus “reactive” Hall constant, is simply related to the density dependence of the Drude weight.
Reactive Hall response
The same applies for the transverse Hall effect of weakly coupled planes.
Reactive Hall response
Hall constant for models of strongly correlated fermions showing a Mott-Hubbard metal-insulator transition.
Reactive Hall response
This measure is connected with the Hall-Littlewood symmetric functions.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
The Hall-Littlewood polynomials interpolate between the Schur functions (t = 0) and the monomial symmetric functions (t = 1).
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey