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sea wall


      n   a wall or embankment built to prevent encroachment or erosion by the sea or to serve as a breakwater  
  sea-walled      adj  
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a    a vertical construction made of stone, brick, wood, etc., with a length and height much greater than its thickness, used to enclose, divide, or support  
b    (as modifier)  
wall hangings         Related adj       mural  
2    often pl   a structure or rampart built to protect and surround a position or place for defensive purposes  
3      (Anatomy)   any lining, membrane, or investing part that encloses or bounds a bodily cavity or structure  
abdominal wall        (Technical name)    paries      Related adj       parietal  
4      (Mountaineering)   a vertical or almost vertical smooth rock face  
5    anything that suggests a wall in function or effect  
a wall of fire, a wall of prejudice     
6    bang one's head against a brick wall   to try to achieve something impossible  
7    drive (or push) to the wall   to force into an awkward situation  
8    go to the wall   to be ruined; collapse financially  
9    go (or drive) up the wall  
Slang   to become (or cause to become) crazy or furious  
10    have one's back to the wall   to be in a very difficult situation  
11       See       off-the-wall  
12       See       wall-to-wall  
      vb   tr  
13    to protect, provide, or confine with or as if with a wall  
14    often foll by: up   to block (an opening) with a wall  
15    often foll by: in or up   to seal by or within a wall or walls  
     (Old English weall, from Latin vallum palisade, from vallus stake)  
  walled      adj  
  wall-less      adj  
  wall-like      adj  

Antonine Wall  
      n   a Roman frontier defence work across S Scotland, extending between the River Clyde and the Firth of Forth. It was built in 142 a.d. on the orders of Antoninus Pius  
cavity wall  
      n   a wall that consists of two separate walls, joined by wall-ties, with an airspace between them  
cell wall  
      n   the outer layer of a cell, esp. the structure in plant cells that consists of cellulose, lignin, etc., and gives mechanical support to the cell  
Chinese wall  
1    a notional barrier between the parts of a business, esp. between the market makers and brokers of a stock-exchange business, across which no information should pass to the detriment of clients  
2    an insurmountable obstacle  
climbing wall  
      n     (Mountaineering)   a specially constructed wall with recessed and projecting holds to give practice in rock climbing; a feature of many sports centres  
      n     (N.Z)   a supporting wall constructed by laying cribs at right angles to each other, as in cribwork  
curtain wall  
1    a non-load-bearing external wall attached to a framed structure, often one that is prefabricated  
2    a low wall outside the outer wall of a castle, serving as a first line of defence  
Great Wall  
      n     (Astronomy)   a vast sheet of many thousands of gravitationally associated galaxies detected in the universe  
Great Wall of China  
      n   a defensive wall in N China, extending from W Gansu to the Gulf of Liaodong: constructed in the 3rd century b.c. as a defence against the Mongols; substantially rebuilt in the 15th century. Length: over 2400 km (1500 miles). Average height: 6 m (20 ft.). Average width: 6 m (20 ft.)  
Hadrian's Wall  
      n   a fortified Roman wall, of which substantial parts remain, extending across N England from the Solway Firth in the west to the mouth of the River Tyne in the east. It was built in 120--123 a.d. on the orders of the emperor Hadrian as a defence against the N British tribes  
hanging wall  
      n   the rocks on the upper side of an inclined fault plane or mineral vein  
   Compare       footwall  
      adj   off the wall when postpositive  
Slang   new or unexpected in an unconventional or eccentric way  
an off-the-wall approach to humour     
     (C20: possibly from the use of the phrase in handball and squash to describe a shot that is unexpected)  
party wall  
      n     (Property law)   a wall separating two properties or pieces of land and over which each of the adjoining owners has certain rights  
retaining wall  
      n   a wall constructed to hold back earth, loose rock, etc,   (Also called)    revetment  
sea wall  
      n   a wall or embankment built to prevent encroachment or erosion by the sea or to serve as a breakwater  
  sea-walled      adj  
Wailing Wall  
      n      another name for       Western Wall  
wall bars  
      pl n   a series of horizontal bars attached to a wall and used in gymnastics  
wall brown  
      n   any of three species of brown butterfly, esp. the common Lasiommata megera, that habitually sun themselves on rocks and walls  
wall creeper  
      n   a pink-and-grey woodpecker-like songbird, Tichodroma muraria, of Eurasian mountain regions: family Sittidae (nuthatches)  
wall fruit  
      n   fruit grown on trees trained against a wall for the shelter and warmth it provides  
wall game  
      n   a type of football played at Eton against a wall  
wall knot  
      n   a knot forming a knob at the end of a rope, made by unwinding the strands and weaving them together  
wall lizard  
      n   a small mottled grey lizard, Lacerta muralis, of Europe, N Africa, and SW Asia: family Lacertidae  
wall mustard  
      n      another name for       stinkweed       1  
wall of death  
      n   (at a fairground) a giant cylinder round the inside walls of which a motorcyclist rides  
wall pass  
      n     (Soccer)   a movement in which one player passes the ball to another and sprints forward to receive the quickly played return,   (Also called)    one-two  
wall pellitory  
      n      See       pellitory       1  
wall pepper  
      n   a small Eurasian crassulaceous plant, Sedum acre, having creeping stems, yellow flowers, and acrid-tasting leaves  
wall plate  
      n   a horizontal timber member placed along the top of a wall to support the ends of joists, rafters, etc., and distribute the load  
wall rock  
      n   rock that is immediately adjacent to a mineral vein, fault, or igneous intrusion  
wall rocket  
      n   any of several yellow-flowered European cruciferous plants of the genus Diplotaxis, such as D. muralis, that grow on old walls and in waste places  
wall rue  
      n   a delicate fern, Asplenium ruta-muraria, that grows in rocky crevices and walls in North America and Eurasia  
Wall Street  
      n   a street in lower Manhattan, New York, where the Stock Exchange and major banks are situated, regarded as the embodiment of American finance  
1    (of carpeting) completely covering a floor  
2    Informal   as far as the eye can see; widespread  
wall-to-wall sales in the high street shops     
Western Wall  
      n     (Judaism)   a wall in Jerusalem, the last extant part of the Temple of Herod, held sacred by Jews as a place of prayer and pilgrimage,   (Also called)    Wailing Wall  

Dictionnaire anglais Collins English definition-Thesaurus  



1    divider, enclosure, panel, partition, screen  
2    barricade, breastwork, bulwark, embankment, fortification, palisade, parapet, rampart, stockade  
3    barrier, block, fence, hedge, impediment, obstacle, obstruction  
4    go to the wall        (informal)   be ruined, collapse, fail, fall, go bust     (informal)   go under  
5    drive up the wall        (slang)   aggravate     (informal)   annoy, dement, derange, drive crazy     (informal)   drive insane, exasperate, get on one's nerves     (informal)   infuriate, irritate, madden, piss one off     (taboo slang)   send off one's head     (slang)   try  

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A seagrass species that is endemic to the Mediterranean Sea. Also called Neptune grass.
[Bot.] Latin: Posidonia oceanica. Another species (Posidonia australis) is endemic to Australia.
adj 1 able to live both on land and in the water, as frogs, toads, etc. 2 designed for operation on or from both water and land 3 relating to military forces and equipment organized for operations launched from the sea against an enemy shore 4 having a dual or mixed nature
renewable energy obtainable on coasts based on the sea or ocean low and high tides
In civil engineering, a headwall is a small retaining wall placed at the inlet or outlet of a stormwater pipe or culvert.
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