col·umn | \ˈkä-ləm also ˈkäl-yəm \

Definition of column 

1a : a vertical arrangement of items printed or written on a page columns of numbers

b : one of two or more vertical sections of a printed page separated by a rule or blank space The news article takes up three columns.

c : an accumulation arranged vertically : stack columns of paint cans

d : one in a usually regular series of newspaper or magazine articles the gossip column advice columns

2 : a supporting pillar especially : one consisting of a usually round shaft, a capital, and a base a colonnade of marble columns

3a : something resembling a column in form, position, or function a column of water columns of smoke

b : a tube or cylinder in which a chromatographic separation takes place

4 : a long row (as of soldiers) columns of troops

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

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columned \ˈkä-ləmd, ˈkäl-yəmd \ adjective

Synonyms for column


cue, file, line, queue, range, string, train

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Examples of column in a Sentence

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.
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Twelve days after Persinger’s column published, the AP’s move went final. Ross Dellenger,, "Inside the AP's Fateful 2004 Decision to Withdraw Its Poll From the BCS Formula," 12 July 2018 By June 28th — just 12 days after the column was published — HB1124 was law and is now known as Act 53. Ronnie Polaneczky,, "You did it! Readers respond to a plea for help - and get anti-abuse/neglect law passed | Ronnie Polaneczky," 2 July 2018 This column is told that Abdullah II welcomed the encouragement to pursue pro-growth policies. James Freeman, WSJ, "Kings of Tax Reform," 29 June 2018 And people are now talking about censorship and how this column was written on command. Palko Karasz, New York Times, "‘Billy Elliot’ Musical Branded Gay Propaganda in Hungary; Cancellations Follow," 22 June 2018 Jeff Faughender, Louisville Courier Journal CORRECTION: This column has been updated with the correct first name of Ben Moore. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Mayor Greg Fischer is too secretive about Derby ... and other things," 18 June 2018 After the column was published, Vincens received his refund (plus $235 in expenses). Sean P. Murphy,, "An inheritance damaged by delayed taxes," 18 June 2018 In EW’s column Act With Me, stars share their personal stories about giving back. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Act With Me: Hugh Jackman helps coffee farmers thrive," 18 June 2018 This column is produced by Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service and a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Research shows that the prevalence of dementia has fallen in the United States," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of column

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for column

Middle English columne, from Anglo-French columpne, from Latin columna, from columen top; akin to Latin collis hill — more at hill

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the personal column

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English Language Learners 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


col·umn | \ˈkä-ləm \

Kids Definition of column

1 : one of two or more vertical sections of a printed page Read the article in the left column.

2 : a group of items shown one under the other down a page a column of figures

3 : a regular feature in a newspaper or magazine a sports column

4 : a pillar used to support a building

5 : something that is tall or thin in shape or arrangement a column of smoke

6 : a long straight row a column of soldiers


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 sense 1, ventral horn — compare funiculus sense a

b : any of a number of smaller bundles of spinal nerve fibers : fasciculus

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