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wall


  9  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Wall  \Wall\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Walled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Walling}.] 
  1.  To  inclose  with  a  wall,  or  as  with  a  wall.  ``Seven  walled 
  towns  of  strength.''  --Shak. 
 
  The  king  of  Thebes,  Amphion  That  with  his  singing 
  walled  that  city.  --Chaucer. 
 
  2.  To  defend  by  walls,  or  as  if  by  walls;  to  fortify. 
 
  The  terror  of  his  name  that  walls  us  in  --Denham. 
 
  3.  To  close  or  fill  with  a  wall,  as  a  doorway. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Wall  \Wall\,  n.  (Naut.) 
  A  kind  of  knot  often  used  at  the  end  of  a  rope;  a  wall  knot; 
  a  wale. 
 
  {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 
  double-crowned. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Wall  \Wall\,  n.  [AS.  weall,  from  L.  vallum  a  wall,  vallus  a 
  stake,  pale,  palisade;  akin  to  Gr  ?  a  nail.  Cf  {Interval}.] 
  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 
 
  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  general;  works  for  defense. 
 
  The  waters  were  a  wall  unto  them  on  their  right 
  hand,  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.  (Mining) 
  a  The  side  of  a  level  or  drift. 
  b  The  country  rock  bounding  a  vein  laterally.  --Raymond. 
 
  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 
 
  {Blank  wall},  Blind  wall,  etc  See  under  {Blank},  {Blind}, 
  etc 
 
  {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.'' 
  --Shak. 
 
  {Wall  barley}  (Bot.),  a  kind  of  grass  ({Hordeum  murinum}) 
  much  resembling  barley;  squirrel  grass.  See  under 
  {Squirrel}. 
 
  {Wall  box}.  (Mach.)  See  {Wall  frame},  below. 
 
  {Wall  creeper}  (Zo["o]l.),  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 
  catcher}. 
 
  {Wall  cress}  (Bot.),  a  name  given  to  several  low  cruciferous 
  herbs,  especially  to  the  mouse-ear  cress.  See  under 
  {Mouse-ear}. 
 
  {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}  (Zo["o]l.),  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}  (Zo["o]l.),  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}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  wall  lizard.  --Shak. 
 
  {Wall  paper},  paper  for  covering  the  walls  of  rooms  paper 
  hangings. 
 
  {Wall  pellitory}  (Bot.),  a  European  plant  ({Parictaria 
  officinalis})  growing  on  old  walls,  and  formerly  esteemed 
  medicinal. 
 
  {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}) 
  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 
  rocks. 
 
  {Wall  tent},  a  tent  with  upright  cloth  sides  corresponding  to 
  the  walls  of  a  house. 
 
  {Wall  wasp}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  common  European  solitary  wasp 
  ({Odynerus  parietus})  which  makes  its  nest  in  the  crevices 
  of  walls. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  wall 
  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  effect;  "a 
  wall  of  water";  "a  wall  of  smoke";  "a  wall  of  prejudice" 
  3:  (anatomy)  a  layer  (a  lining  or  membrane)  that  encloses  a 
  structure;  "stomach  walls"  [syn:  {paries}] 
  4:  a  difficult  or  awkward  situation;  "his  back  was  to  the 
  wall";  "competition  was  pushing  them  to  the  wall" 
  5:  a  masonry  fence  (as  around  an  estate  or  garden);  "the  wall 
  followed  the  road";  "he  ducked  behind  the  garden  wall  and 
  waited" 
  6:  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}] 
  v  :  surround  with  a  wall  in  order  to  fortify  [syn:  {palisade},  {fence}, 
  {fence  in},  {surround}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Wall,  NJ 
  Zip  code(s):  07719 
  Wall,  PA  (borough,  FIPS  80600) 
  Location:  40.39317  N,  79.78509  W 
  Population  (1990):  853  (368  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.1  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  15148 
  Wall,  SD  (town,  FIPS  68380) 
  Location:  43.99157  N,  102.23913  W 
  Population  (1990):  834  (421  housing  units) 
  Area:  4.5  sq  km  (land),  0.1  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  57790 
  Wall,  TX 
  Zip  code(s):  76957 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  wall  interj.  [WPI]  1.  An  indication  of  confusion,  usually  spoken 
  with  a  quizzical  tone:  "Wall??"  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  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  wall 
 
  {Unix}'s  "write  all"  command  which  sends  a  message  to  everyone 
  currently  logged  in 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Wall 
  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  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  WALL  :STREET:,  n.  A  symbol  for  sin  for  every  devil  to  rebuke.  That 
  Wall  Street  is  a  den  of  thieves  is  a  belief  that  serves  every 
  unsuccessful  thief  in  place  of  a  hope  in  Heaven.  Even  the  great  and 
  good  Andrew  Carnegie  has  made  his  profession  of  faith  in  the  matter. 
 
  Carnegie  the  dauntless  has  uttered  his  call 
  To  battle:  "The  brokers  are  parasites  all!" 
  Carnegie,  Carnegie,  you'll  never  prevail; 
  Keep  the  wind  of  your  slogan  to  belly  your  sail, 
  Go  back  to  your  isle  of  perpetual  brume, 
  Silence  your  pibroch,  doff  tartan  and  plume: 
  Ben  Lomond  is  calling  his  son  from  the  fray  -- 
  Fly,  fly  from  the  region  of  Wall  Street  away! 
  While  still  you're  possessed  of  a  single  baubee 
  (I  wish  it  were  pledged  to  endowment  of  me) 
  'Twere  wise  to  retreat  from  the  wars  of  finance 
  Lest  its  value  decline  ere  your  credit  advance. 
  For  a  man  'twixt  a  king  of  finance  and  the  sea, 
  Carnegie,  Carnegie,  your  tongue  is  too  free! 
  Anonymus  Bink 
 
 




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