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WALL, n. [L., stake, post, probably originally a fence of stakes, a palisade or stockade; the first rude fortification of uncivilized men.]

1. A work or structure of stone, brick or other materials, raised to some highth, and intended for a defense or security. Walls of stone, with or without cement, are much used in America for fences on farms; walls are laid as the foundations of houses and the security of cellars. Walls of stone or brick form the exterior of buildings, and they are often raised round cities and forts as a defense against enemies.

2. Walls, in the plural, is used for fortifications in general; works for defense.

I rush undaunted to defend the walls.

3. A defense; means of security or protection. 1 Samuel 25.

To take the wall, to take the upper or most honorable place.

I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montagues.



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WALL, n. [L., stake, post, probably originally a fence of stakes, a palisade or stockade; the first rude fortification of uncivilized men.]

1. A work or structure of stone, brick or other materials, raised to some highth, and intended for a defense or security. Walls of stone, with or without cement, are much used in America for fences on farms; walls are laid as the foundations of houses and the security of cellars. Walls of stone or brick form the exterior of buildings, and they are often raised round cities and forts as a defense against enemies.

2. Walls, in the plural, is used for fortifications in general; works for defense.

I rush undaunted to defend the walls.

3. A defense; means of security or protection. 1 Samuel 25.

To take the wall, to take the upper or most honorable place.

I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montagues.

WALL, n. [L. vallum; Sax. weal; D. wal; G. wall; Ir. and Gaelic, balla and fal; Russ. val; W. gwal. In L. vallus is a stake or post, and probably vallum was originally a fence of stakes, a palisade or stockade; the first rude fortification of uncivilized men. The primary sense of vallus is a shoot, or that which is set, and the latter may be the sense of wall, whether it is from vallus, or from some other root.]

  1. A work or structure of stone, brick or other materials, raised to some highth, and intended for a defense or security. Walls of stone, with or without cement, are much used in America for fences on farms; walls are laid as the foundations of houses and the security of cellars. Walls of stone or brick form the exterior of buildings, and they are often raised round cities and forts as a defense against enemies.
  2. Walls, in the plural, is used for fortifications in general; works for defense. I rush undaunted to defend the walls. – Dryden.
  3. A defense; means of security or protection. – 1 Sam. xxv. To take the wall, to take the upper or most honorable place. I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montagne's. – Shak.

WALL, v.t.

  1. To inclose with a wall; as, to wall a city.
  2. To defend by walls. And terror of his name that walls us in From danger. – Denham.
  3. To fill up with a wall.

Wall
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. To defend by walls, or as if by walls] to fortify.

    The terror of his name that walls us in. Denham.

  6. An inclosing part of a receptacle or vessel; as, the walls of a steam-engine cylinder.
  7. To close or fill with a wall, as a doorway.
  8. The side of a level or drift.

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Wall

WALL, noun [Latin , stake, post, probably originally a fence of stakes, a palisade or stockade; the first rude fortification of uncivilized men.]

1. A work or structure of stone, brick or other materials, raised to some highth, and intended for a defense or security. Walls of stone, with or without cement, are much used in America for fences on farms; walls are laid as the foundations of houses and the security of cellars. Walls of stone or brick form the exterior of buildings, and they are often raised round cities and forts as a defense against enemies.

2. Walls, in the plural, is used for fortifications in general; works for defense.

I rush undaunted to defend the walls.

3. A defense; means of security or protection. 1 Samuel 25:16.

To take the wall to take the upper or most honorable place.

I will take the wall of any man or maid of Montagues.

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