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mural

[myoo r-uh l]
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noun
  1. a large picture painted or affixed directly on a wall or ceiling.
  2. a greatly enlarged photograph attached directly to a wall.
  3. a wallpaper pattern representing a landscape or the like, often with very widely spaced repeats so as to produce the effect of a mural painting on a wall of average size; a trompe l'oeil.
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a wall.
  2. executed on or affixed to a wall: mural inscriptions.
  3. pertaining to any of several astronomical instruments that were affixed to a wall aligned on the plane of a meridian, and were formerly used to measure the altitude of celestial bodies: a mural quadrant; a mural circle.
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Origin of mural

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin mūrālis, equivalent to mūr(us) wall + -ālis -al1
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Related Words for mural

scenery, photograph, scene, painting, view, mural, picture, sketch, art, canvas, depiction, portrait, composition, landscape, design, drawing, watercolor, prospect, panorama, outlook

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British Dictionary definitions for mural

mural

noun
  1. a large painting or picture on a wall
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adjective
  1. of or relating to a wall
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Derived Formsmuralist, noun

Word Origin for mural

C15: from Latin mūrālis, from mūrus wall
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Word Origin and History for mural

n.

painting on a wall, 1921, short for mural painting (1850), from mural (adj.) "pertaining to walls" (mid-15c.), from Latin muralis "of a wall," from murus "wall" (Old Latin moiros, moerus), from PIE *mei- "to fix; to build fences or fortifications" (cf. Old English mære "boundary, border, landmark;" Old Norse -mæri "boundary, border-land;" Latin munire "to fortify, protect").

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mural in Medicine

mural

(myurəl)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to the wall of any cavity.
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mural in Culture

mural

A painting, usually large, made directly on a wall.

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Note

The Mexican artist Diego Rivera was noted for his production of murals.
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