: a longitudinal subdivision of the spinal cord that resembles a column or pillar: as a: any of the principal longitudinal subdivisions of gray matter or white matter in each lateral half of the spinal cord—see dorsal horn, gray column, lateral column 1, ventral horn; compare funiculus a b: any of a number of smaller bundles of spinal nerve fibers :fasciculus
Doric columns on the Greek temple at Segesta, Sicily, c. 424–416 BC—SCALA/Art Resource, New York
In architecture, a vertical element, usually a slender shaft, that provides structural support by carrying axial loads in compression; columns are also subject to buckling. Columns may be exposed or hidden in walls; constructed of precast concrete, masonry, stone, or wood or of steel wide-flange, pipe, or tubular sections; they may be plain, fluted, or sculpted, with or without a capital and base. Columns may also be nonstructural, used for decorative or monumental purposes. See alsointercolumniation, order.