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wall

noun uk   /wɔːl/ us    /wɑːl/
A1 [C] a vertical structure, often made of stone or brick, that divides or surrounds something: The walls in this apartment are so thin you can hear just about every word the neighbours say. The walls look a bit bare - can't we put some pictures up? We had to climb over a ten-foot wall to get into the garden. The Berlin Wall came down in 1989. [C] any outer part of a hollow structure in the body: the wall of the womb/stomach an artery wall [C] a mass of people or things formed in such a way that you cannot get through or past them: The demonstrators formed a solid wall to stop the police from getting past them. The shot curved past the Newcastle defensive wall and inside the far post. [C] in football, a row of players who stand ten yards away from where a free kick is taken in order to make scoring directly from the free kick more difficult: Rooney curved the free kick past the Newcastle defensive wall and inside the far post. [S] literary a large, powerful, usually fast moving mass of something: After the rains, the houses were washed away by a wall of mud/water. [S] a way of feeling or behaving that completely prevents two groups of people from communicating with or understanding each other: There is a wall of mistrust between the two groups.
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in Korean 벽, 담…
in Arabic حائط, سور…
in French mur(aille), mur…
in Turkish duvar…
in Italian muro, parete…
in Chinese (Traditional) 牆,牆壁,圍牆, (身體中中空結構的)壁, 人牆…
in Russian стена, ограда…
in Polish ściana, mur…
in Spanish muro, tapia, muralla…
in Portuguese muro, parede…
in German die Mauer, die Wand…
in Catalan paret, mur…
in Japanese 壁, 塀…
in Chinese (Simplified) 墙,墙壁,围墙, (身体中中空结构的)壁, 人墙…
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