Simple Definition of column
: a long post made of steel, stone, etc., that is used as a support in a building
: a group of printed or written items (such as numbers or words) shown one under the other down a page
: any one of two or more sections of print that appear next to each other on a page and are separated by a blank space or a line
Full Definition of column
1 a : a vertical arrangement of items printed or written on a page b : one of two or more vertical sections of a printed page separated by a rule or blank space c : an accumulation arranged vertically : stack d : one in a usually regular series of newspaper or magazine articles <gossip column>
2 : a supporting pillar; especially : one consisting of a usually round shaft, a capital, and a base
3 a : something resembling a column in form, position, or function <a column of water> b : a tube or cylinder in which a chromatographic separation takes place
4 : a long row (as of soldiers)
5 : one of the vertical lines of elements of a determinant or matrix
6 : a statistical category or grouping <put another game in the win column>
Examples of column
a facade with marble columns
Add the first column of numbers.
The article takes up three columns.
The error appears at the bottom of the second column.
She writes a weekly column for the paper.
Origin of column
Middle English columne, from Anglo-French columpne, from Latin columna, from columen top; akin to Latin collis hill — more at hill
First Known Use: 15th century
Medical Definition of column
: a longitudinal subdivision of the spinal cord that resembles a column or pillar: asa: 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 ab: any of a number of smaller bundles of spinal nerve fibers : fasciculus
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