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Definition: To go to the 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.
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.
(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.
, Blind wall, etc. See under Blank
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.”
(Bot.), a kind of grass (Hordeum murinum
much resembling barley; squirrel grass. See under
. (Mach.) See Wall frame
(Zo["o]l.), a small bright-colored bird
) 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
(Bot.), a name given to several low cruciferous
herbs, especially to the mouse-ear cress. See under
(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
, fruit borne by trees trained against a wall.
(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.
(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
, a wood louse.
(Bot.), any species of moss growing on walls.
(Zo["o]l.), the wall lizard. --Shak.
, paper for covering the walls of rooms; paper
(Bot.), a European plant (Parictaria officinalis
) growing on old walls, and formerly esteemed
(Bot.), a plant (Cotyledon Umbilicus
having rounded fleshy leaves. It is found on walls in
(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.
(Bot.), a kind of fern; wall rue.
, a gun planted on a wall. --H. L. Scott.
(Arch.), a piece of timber placed horizontally
upon a wall, and supporting posts, joists, and the like.
See Illust. of Roof
, granular limestone used in building walls. [U.
(Bot.), a species of small fern (Asplenium Ruta-muraria
) growing on walls, rocks, and the like.
, a spring of water issuing from stratified
, a tent with upright cloth sides corresponding to
the walls of a house.
(Zo["o]l.), a common European solitary wasp
) which makes its nest in the crevices