Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "wall" in Russian

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Meaning: wall

Pronunciation: [stee-NAH]

Part of speech: noun (feminine noun)

Rank: #289 (see frequency list)

The Great Wall of China is the longest wall in the world.
Photo by Nicolas M. Perrault
 Example sentences:
  • Вели́кая кита́йская стена́ - са́мая дли́нная стена́ в ми́ре.
  • The Great Wall of China is the longest wall in the world.
  •  literal  Great Chinese wall - most long wall in the world.
  • Пе́ред на́ми кирпи́чная стена́.
  • There's a brick wall in front of us.
  •  literal  Before us brick wall.
  • Стро́йка была́ окружена́ стено́й.
  • A construction site was surrounded by the wall.
  • На стене́ виси́т карти́на.
  • There is a picture hanging on the wall.
  • Сте́ны в ко́мнате жёлтого цве́та.
  • The walls in the room are yellow.
  • На одно́й из стен была́ на́дпись.
  • There was a mural on one of the walls.
  • Э́тот го́род был окру́жен сте́нами.
  • This city was surrounded by walls.
  • На сте́нах бы́ло мно́го рису́нков.
  • There were a lot of murals on walls.
  • Вокру́г меня́ одни́ сте́ны.
  • There's nothing but walls around me.
  •  literal  Around me only walls.
  • Впереди́ - чёрная стена́ ды́ма.
  • There's a black wall of smoke ahead.
  • Дми́трий покра́сил сте́ну в жёлтый цвет.
  • Dmitry painted the wall yellow.
  •  literal  Dmitry painted the wall in yellow color.
  • Спра́ва от меня́ стои́т сте́на.
  • There is a wall on my right.
  •  literal  Right from me stands wall.
  • Не́сколько мужчи́н сиде́ли во́зле стены́.
  • Several men were sitting near the wall.
  • В стена́х э́того университе́та учи́лись мно́гие изве́стные лю́ди.
  • Many famous people studied within the precincts of this university. (note the stress: стена́х is more idiomatic)
  • В сте́нах э́того до́ма мно́го тре́щин.
  • There are many cracks in the walls of this house. (note the stress: сте́нах is more literal)
  • Она́ уда́рилась голово́й о сте́ну.
  • She banged her head against the wall.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • за стено́й = the other side of the wall, in the next room
      literal  behind a wall
  • в сте́нах / в стена́х = within the walls, inside
      literal  inside walls
  • в сте́нах / в стена́х че́го-либо = within the precincts of smth.
  • лезть на сте́ну = to be beside oneself; to climb up the wall
      literal  clime on a wall
  • припере́ть ко́го-либо к стене́ = to drive smb into a corner; to back smb against the wall
  • в четырёх стена́х = within the four walls
  • жить стена́ в сте́ну с ке́м-либо = to be close neighbours with smb
  • го́лые сте́ны = bare walls
  • обнести́ стено́й = to wall, surround by a wall
  • стена́ рассе́лась = the wall cracked
  • ро́спись стен = mural
  • как за ка́менной сте́ной = safe
      literal  as behind a stone wall
  • би́ться голово́й об сте́ну = to beat one's head against the wall
  • запере́ться / жить в четырёх стена́х = to immure oneself
      literal  to lock oneself / live inside four walls
  • сплошна́я стена́ = solid wall
  • как об сте́ну горо́х = like talking to a brick wall
      literal  as peas against a wall
  • быть припёртым к стене́ = to have one's back to the wall, to be in a tight corner
  • ви́деть сквозь сте́ну = to see through the brick wall, to see everything with a clear eye
  • дождь льёт стено́й = it rains cats and dogs
      literal  rain pours in a wall
  • Вели́кая кита́йская стена́ = Great Wall of China (万里长城)
 Related words:
  • прегра́да = barrier, obstacle
  • огра́да = fence
  • сте́нка = wall (diminutive)
  • сте́ночка = small wall (diminutive)
  • потоло́к = celing
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • До́ма стены́ помога́ют.
  • My house is my castle.
  •  literal  At home walls help.
  • У стен есть у́ши.
  • Walls have ears.
     Other forms of the word (declensions):
    Case Singular Plural
    Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
    Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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