noun col·umn \ˈkä-ləm also ˈkäl-yəm\

: 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

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>
:  a supporting pillar; especially :  one consisting of a usually round shaft, a capital, and a base
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
:  a long row (as of soldiers)
:  one of the vertical lines of elements of a determinant or matrix
:  a statistical category or grouping <put another game in the win column>
col·umned \-ləmd, -yəmd\ adjective

Examples of COLUMN

  1. a facade with marble columns
  2. Add the first column of numbers.
  3. The article takes up three columns.
  4. The error appears at the bottom of the second column.
  5. She writes a weekly column for the paper.

Illustration of COLUMN

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

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with COLUMN

COLUMNS Defined for Kids


noun col·umn \ˈkä-ləm\

Definition of COLUMN for Kids

:  one of two or more vertical sections of a printed page <Read the article in the left column.>
:  a group of items shown one under the other down a page <a column of figures>
:  a regular feature in a newspaper or magazine <a sports column>
:  a pillar used to support a building
:  something that is tall or thin in shape or arrangement <a column of smoke>
:  a long straight row <a column of soldiers>
Medical Dictionary


noun col·umn \ˈkäl-əm\

Medical Definition of COLUMN

:  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
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