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noun [countable] wall pronunciation in British English /wɔːl/
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  1. 1
    an upright side of a room inside a building
    On the opposite wall hung a valuable old painting.
    She felt along the wall for the light switch.
    1. a.
      an upright outer surface of a building
      The walls of the factory had been covered with graffiti.
    See also fly2
  2. 2
    a very tall strong structure that is built to defend a place or to keep people inside a place, for example a prison, castle, or city
    Several men escaped over the prison’s perimeter wall yesterday.
    the walls of the city
    1. a.
      an upright structure made of stone or brick that surrounds or divides someones land or garden
      Over the top of the garden wall, he watched his neighbours.
      Parts of the old brick walls had crumbled to the ground.
  3. 3
    emotions or behaviour that prevent people from feeling close to each other
    The years had built a wall between the two families.
    wall of: A wall of silence had grown up between them.
  4. 4
    a large number of things that form an upright structure like a wall
    wall of: a wall of books/boxes
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      a large amount of something that has risen up high and makes it difficult for people to pass through
      A wall of dark water approached their small boat.
      Firefighters battled the walls of flames.
  5. 7
    computing an area of a social networking website where you can write personal messages for a user
    What can I write on my boyfriend’s Facebook wall for his 16th birthday?


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