column

noun
col·​umn | \ ˈkä-ləm How to pronounce column (audio) 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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Other Words from column

columned \ ˈkä-​ləmd How to pronounce column (audio) , ˈkäl-​yəmd \ adjective

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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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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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14 May 2022

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“Column.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/column. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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column

noun
col·​umn | \ ˈkä-ləm How to pronounce column (audio) \

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

column

noun
col·​umn | \ ˈkäl-əm How to pronounce column (audio) \

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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