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Great Wall of China   /greɪt wɔl əv tʃˈaɪnə/   Listen
Great Wall of China

A fortification 1,500 miles long built across northern China in the 3rd century BC; it averages 6 meters in width.  Synonyms: Chinese Wall, Great Wall.

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"Great Wall of China" Quotes from Famous Books

... sleeping, which, though always strange, are invariably agreeable. Last night, in my chamber near the hayloft, I dreamt that I had passed over an almost interminable wilderness—an enormous wall rose before me, the wall, methought, was the great wall of China:—strange figures appeared to be beckoning to me from the top of the wall; such visions are not exactly to be sneered at. Not that such phantasmagoria,' said I, raising my voice, 'are to be compared for a moment with such desirable ...
— The Romany Rye - A Sequel to 'Lavengro' • George Borrow

... "The Great Wall of China is the longest wall in the world. It was built about two thousand years ago, and was meant to shut out the wild tribes which were then trying to conquer China. The wall is more than twice as long as the island of Great Britain. It is built of stone and earth, and is so broad that ...
— Highroads of Geography • Anonymous

... that had so terrified the Goths were the Huns, a monstrous race of fierce nomadic horsemen, that two centuries and more before the Christian era were roving the deserts north of the Great Wall of China (see p. 13). Migrating from that region, they moved slowly to the west, across the great plains of Central Asia, and, after wandering several centuries, appeared in Europe. They belonged to a different race (the Turanian) from all the other European tribes with which we have been ...
— A General History for Colleges and High Schools • P. V. N. Myers

... breath. But even this drawback can scarcely be permanent. Science must presently achieve the storage of motive-power in some less bulky form than that of crude coal. Then the Atlantic will be as extinct, politically, as the Great Wall of China; or, rather, it will retain for America the abiding significance which the "silver streak" possesses for England—an effectual bulwark against aggression, but a highway ...
— America To-day, Observations and Reflections • William Archer

Words linked to "Great Wall of China" :   Communist China, bulwark, rampart, mainland China, wall, PRC, People's Republic of China, Red China, china, Cathay

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