from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To confine within or as if within walls; imprison.
  • transitive verb To build into a wall.
  • transitive verb To entomb in a wall.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To surround with walls; wall; fortify; protect.
  • To inclose within walls; hence, to shut up or confine, in general.
  • To build into a wall; imbed in masonry.
  • noun An inclosure; a wall.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To wall around; to surround with walls.
  • transitive verb To inclose whithin walls, or as within walls; hence, to shut up; to imprison; to incarcerate.
  • noun obsolete A wall; an inclosure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To cloister, confine, imprison: to lock up behind walls.
  • verb transitive To put or bury within a wall.
  • verb transitive To trap or capture (an impurity); chiefly in the participial adjective immured and gerund or gerundial noun immuring.
  • noun obsolete A wall; an enclosure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb lock up or confine, in or as in a jail


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Medieval Latin immūrāre : Latin in-, in; see in– + Latin mūrus, wall.]

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From Latin im, combining variant of in ("in"), + mūrus ("wall").


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  • "Not surprisingly, Sally shuddered at the thought of being immured in the black cave, to die slowly and hopelessly, far below the sunny hillside."

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