fourth wall


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fourth wall

n.
1. The imaginary barrier that is considered to separate the audience from the characters in a play or other live performance: an actor who broke the fourth wall by directly addressing an audience member.
2. A similar imaginary barrier that is considered to separate a viewer from a film or other recorded performance: traditional films that maintain the illusion of the fourth wall.
3. A similar imaginary barrier regarding as separating a text from its readers.

[From its use in the theater, where it is likened to a wall that would complete the enclosure of a proscenium stage.]

fourth wall

n
1. (Broadcasting) an imaginary barrier between a television programme, film, or play and its audience
2. (Film) an imaginary barrier between a television programme, film, or play and its audience
3. (Theatre) an imaginary barrier between a television programme, film, or play and its audience
4. (Broadcasting) break the fourth wall (esp of a character in a television programme, film, or play) to refer to, acknowledge, or address the audience, usually for comedic effect or as an avante-garde technique
5. (Film) break the fourth wall (esp of a character in a television programme, film, or play) to refer to, acknowledge, or address the audience, usually for comedic effect or as an avante-garde technique
6. (Theatre) break the fourth wall (esp of a character in a television programme, film, or play) to refer to, acknowledge, or address the audience, usually for comedic effect or as an avante-garde technique
[C19: referring to the three visible walls of a stage, television, or (sometimes) film set]
Translations
vierde wand
References in classic literature ?
His head almost filled the fourth wall of her little room as he knelt near her in distress.
This is an exciting project because we get to help the Rocky Mountain CitySummit reach an entirely new audience," said Travis Bockenstedt, the Executive Producer of Fourth Wall Productions, DenverLive.
The fourth wall has been broken,'' sings Craig Rawding on Worcester band the Curtis Mayflower's new single, "Fourth Wall,'' "and I'm speaking straight to you.
A special point of interest is a short series of strips in which Adams dares to break the fourth wall and draw himself into a few cartoons
Officials at Coinstar stress that in order for the fourth wall to generate sales, retailers need to fill the area with offerings that create destination opportunities, enhance the shopping experience and encourage post-register purchases.
He's familiar with this and can cope with the fourth wall easily.