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[fahyuh r-wawl] /ˈfaɪərˌwɔl/

a partition made of fireproof material to prevent the spread of a fire from one part of a building or ship to another or to isolate an engine compartment, as on a plane, automobile, etc.
a person, thing, or event that acts as a barrier or protection against something undesirable:
The new employee handbook should create a firewall against unethical business conduct.
Digital Technology. an integrated collection of security measures designed to prevent unauthorized electronic access to a networked computer system.
a fireproof wall or partition used to impede the progress of a fire, as from one room or compartment to another
(computing) a computer system that isolates another computer from the internet in order to prevent unauthorized access

1851 as a physical wall meant to prevent the spread of fire in a structure, from fire (n.) + wall (n.). Computer sense is by 1990.
A software program designed to protect a network by preventing unauthorized users from gaining access or by monitoring transfers of information to and from the network.

A means of separating a computer network from outside networks for security purposes. A server outside an organization’s own network may be used to funnel all incoming and outgoing traffic to assist in keeping out viruses, as well as to prevent unauthorized outsiders from gaining access to a network.


[fr a firewall built to contain a fire in a building, a meaning found by 1851, and a barricade between an engine and a passenger compartment, found by 1947]

1. firewall code.
2. firewall machine.


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  • Firewall code

    1. The code you put in a system (say, a telephone switch) to make sure that the users can’t do any damage. Since users always want to be able to do everything but never want to suffer for any mistakes, the construction of a firewall is a question not only of defensive coding but also […]

  • Firewall machine

    networking A dedicated gateway machine with special security precautions on it, used to service outside network, especially Internet, connections and dial-in lines. The idea is to protect a cluster of more loosely administered machines hidden behind it from crackers. The typical firewall is an inexpensive microprocessor-based Unix machine with no critical data, with modems and […]

  • Firewarden

    [fahyuh r-wawr-dn] /ˈfaɪərˌwɔr dn/ noun 1. a person having authority in the prevention or extinguishing of , as in towns or camps. /ˈfaɪəˌwɔːdən/ noun 1. (US & Canadian) an officer responsible for fire prevention and control in an area, esp in a forest

  • Fire watcher

    noun 1. a person who watches for fires, esp those caused by aerial bombardment

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