wall

Definitions

General English

Construction

  • A vertical element used primarily to enclose or separate spaces.

Medical

  • noun the side part of an organ or a passage in the body

Real Estate

  • noun a vertical structure forming an inside partition or an outside surface of a building
  • noun a narrow upright structure, usually built of stone, wood, plaster or brick, that acts as a boundary or keeps something in or out

Slang

  • exclamation a statement of incomprehension or bafflement. In use among cyberpunks and net-heads, it originated in the jargon of professional computer specialists.

Travel

  • noun a structure of brick, stone or wood, forming the side of a room or building or the boundary of a piece of land
  • noun a thick stone construction round an old town

Origin & History of “wall”

Wall was borrowed into Old English from Latin vallum ‘rampart’. this originally denoted a ‘stockade made of stakes’, and it was derived from vallus ‘stake’. German wall, Dutch wal, and Swedish vall, also borrowings from Latin, preserve its meaning ‘rampart, embankment’, but English wall has become considerably wider in its application. An interval is etymologically a space ‘between ramparts’.
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