dry wall

nounBuilding Trades.
  1. Also drywall .

    • an interior wall or partition finished in a dry material, usually in the form of prefabricated sheets or panels nailed to studs, as distinguished from one that is plastered.

    • a material, as wallboard or plasterboard, used for such a wall.

  2. a masonry or stone wall laid up without mortar.

Origin of dry wall

1770–80, for earlier sense

Words Nearby dry wall

Other definitions for dry-wall (2 of 2)

[ drahy-wawl ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to construct or renovate with dry wall: to dry-wall the interior of a house.

  1. of, relating to, or having dry wall.

Origin of dry-wall

First recorded in 1590–1600

Other words from dry-wall

  • drywaller, noun

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How to use dry wall in a sentence

  • Again, the dry wall that has fallen becomes saturated, and dissolves itself into soft mud.

    Mexico and its Religion | Robert A. Wilson
  • A dry wall needs very little foundation; two thin courses underground are quite enough.

    Wood and Garden | Gertrude Jekyll
  • This is some half a mile from Sker House, and a ragged dry wall makes the parish boundary, severing it from Sker-land.

    The Maid of Sker | Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • Perhaps you neglected something Rhys expected done, of more consequence than a dry wall.'

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  • Where the plant has found a home on a dry wall, however, it may be a very diminutive affair.

    How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin