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dry wall

noun, Building Trades.
Also, drywall.
  1. 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.
  2. a material, as wallboard or plasterboard, used for such a wall.
a masonry or stone wall laid up without mortar.
Origin of dry wall
1770-80, for earlier sense


[drahy-wawl] /ˈdraɪˌwɔl/
verb (used with object)
to construct or renovate with dry wall:
to dry-wall the interior of a house.
of, relating to, or having dry wall.
Related forms
drywaller, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The way to make a wall garden is to build a dry wall of rough stones—that is, a wall without mortar.

    Making A Rock Garden Henry Sherman Adams
  • If the dry wall is already made, the crevices can be plugged with soil if care and patience are used.

    Making A Rock Garden Henry Sherman Adams
  • They consider it clever to heave these over with a splash into the water, or to throw down half a dozen yards of dry wall.

    The Gamekeeper at Home Richard Jefferies
  • This work is not a true fresco, but a secco—that is, it was painted on the dry wall.

  • 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
  • There are some enclosures of dry wall from Luc to La Galiniere; also, sheep and hogs.

  • Across the driveway there is more rock garden and then a short stretch of dry wall garden.

    Making A Rock Garden Henry Sherman Adams
  • It is the dry wall that stands of itself that the old stone mason loves best of all.

    Great Possessions David Grayson
  • 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

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