- n. a fortification 1,500 miles long built across northern China in the 3rd century BC; it averages 6 meters in width
“Then starting from a short distance behind them I ran swiftly up from one tier to the next, and with a final bound from the broad shoulders of the highest I clutched the top of the great wall and quietly drew myself to its broad expanse.”
“The abbey precincts covered about thirty acres and were surrounded on three sides by a great wall with four embattled gateways, one of which, the western or compter gate, served as the town prison.”
“Alexander almost certainly recruited some of these outlaws into his ranks as he headed toward the great wall of Mount Haemus stretching across the northern horizon.”
“The extensive territory to the north of the great wall was possessed, after the flight of the Huns, by the victorious Sienpi, who were sometimes broken into independent tribes, and sometimes reunited under a supreme chief; till at length, styling themselves Topa, or masters of the earth, they acquired a more solid consistence, and a more formidable power.”
“That settled it: Burnes took me to the great wall map, and showed me where Mogala was - needless to say, it was at the back of nowhere, about fifty miles from Kabul, in hellish hill country south of the Jugdulluk Pass.”
“Now let us ease up," Corliss advised, as they slipped into an eddy and drifted with the back-tide under the great wall of rim-ice.”
“Then he addressed himself to seeking a place wherein he might safely bestow himself and his horse and where none should descry him, and presently behold, he espied a-middlemost of the city a palace rising high in upper air surrounded by a great wall with lofty crenelles and battlements, guarded by forty black slaves, clad in complete mail and armed with spears and swords, bows and arrows.”
“I declined courteously, and passed the time studying a great wall map of the world — or rather, of "The Entire Territory of the Heavenly Kingdom to Endure for a Myriad Myriad Years".”
“Later on an emperor, called Antonine, built a great wall along the line of Agricola's forts for the same purpose.”
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