paywall

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Etymology[edit]

From pay +‎ wall, by analogy with firewall.

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Noun[edit]

paywall (plural paywalls)

  1. (informal, computing) A feature of a website, application or service that only allows access to certain pages, data or features to paid subscribers.
    Techdirt got wind of a secret meeting by newspaper execs, complete with antitrust lawyers, to discuss how to proceed on the issue of implementing paywalls going forward. — Slashdot, May 2009

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Verb[edit]

paywall (third-person singular simple present paywalls, present participle paywalling, simple past and past participle paywalled)

  1. (informal, computing, transitive) To restrict access to (a Web site or other resource) by means of a paywall.