• A rampart of earth, stones etc. built up for defensive purposes.
  • A structure built for defense surrounding a city, castle etc.
  • Each of the substantial structures acting either as the exterior of or divisions within a structure.
  • A point of desperation.
  • A point of defeat or extinction.
  • An impediment to free movement.
  • A type of butterfly (Lasiommata megera (species)).
  • A barrier.
  • A barrier to vision.
  • Something with the apparent solidity and dimensions of a building wall.
  • A divisive or containing structure in an organ or cavity.
  • A fictional bidder used to increase the price at an auction.
  • A doctor who tries to admit as few patients as possible.
  • A line of defenders set up between an opposing free-kick taker and the goal.
  • Two or more blockers skating together so as to impede the opposing team.
  • A personal notice board listing messages of interest to a particular user.
  • A character that has high defenses, thereby reducing the amount of damage taken from the opponent’s attacks.
  • A spring of water.
  • A kind of knot often used at the end of a rope; a wall knot or wale.


  • To enclose with, or as if with, a wall or walls.
  • To boil.
  • To well, as water; spring.
  • To make a wall knot on the end of (a rope).


  • Pronunciation spelling of well


Similar words


  • From Middle English wal, from Old English weall, from Proto-Germanic *wallaz, *wallą, from Latin vallum, from Proto-Indo-European *welH-. Perhaps conflated with waw, from Middle English wawe, from Old English wāg, wāh, see waw. Cognate with North Frisian wal, Saterland Frisian Waal, Dutch wal, German Wall, Swedish vall. More at wallow, walk.
  • From Middle English wallen, from Old English weallan, from Proto-Germanic *wallōną, *wellōną, from Proto-Indo-European *welǝn-, *welǝm-. Cognate with Middle Dutch wallen, Dutch wellen, German wellen, Danish vælde, Swedish välla. See also well.
  • From Middle English walle, from Old English *wealla, *weall, from Proto-Germanic *wallô, *wallaz. See above. Cognate with Old Frisian walla ("spring"), Old English wiell ("well").

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