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noun
  1. A rampart of earth, stones etc. built up for defensive purposes.
  2. A structure built for defense surrounding a city, castle etc.
The town was surrounded by a moat.
  1. Each of the permanent, substantial structures acting as the sides or divisions in a building.
We're adding another in this room during the remodeling.
A of police officers met the protesters before they reached the capitol steps.
  1. (context, anatomy, zoology, botany) A divisive or containing structure in an organ or cavity.
  2. (football) Defending players who form a line to block a clear shooting chance from the attacking team's free kick.
verb
  1. To enclose with a wall
He walled the study with books.
  1. (italbrac, with "in") To enclose by surrounding with walls.
They had walled in the garden
  1. (italbrac, with "off") To separate with a wall
The previous owners had walled off two rooms, making an apartment.
  1. (italbrac, with "up") To seal with a wall
They walled up the basement space that had been used as a coal bin.
watercourse Tweet Definition of watercourse Like Definition of watercourse on Facebook
noun
  1. any channel, either natural or artificial, through which water flows
water main Tweet Definition of water main Like Definition of water main on Facebook
noun
  1. the principal underground pipe for conveying water to residential and business properties
waterworks Tweet Definition of waterworks Like Definition of waterworks on Facebook
noun (waterworks)
  1. (context, singular) the water supply system of a town etc., including reservoirs, pumps and pipes
  2. (context, singular) any single facility, such as a filtration plant, within such a system
  3. (context, informal, plural) tears
  4. (context, informal, plural) the genitourinary system
weir Tweet Definition of weir Like Definition of weir on Facebook
noun
  1. an adjustable dam placed across a river to regulate the flow of water downstream
  2. a fence placed across a river to catch fish
wicket Tweet Definition of wicket Like Definition of wicket on Facebook
noun
  1. A small door or gate, especially one associated with a larger one
  2. A small window or other opening, sometimes fitted with a grating
  3. (Cricket) One of the two wooden structures at each end of the pitch, consisting of three vertical stumps and two bails; the target for the bowler, defended by the batsman
  4. (Cricket) A dismissal; the act of a batsman getting out
  5. (Cricket) The period during which two batsmen bat together
  6. (Cricket) The pitch
  7. (Cricket) The area around the stumps where the batsmen stand
  8. (Croquet) Any of the small arches through which the balls are driven
  9. (snowboarding): A temporary metal attachment that one attaches one's lift-ticket to.

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