column

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

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 columned (audio) , ˈkäl-​yəmd \ adjective

Synonyms for column

Synonyms

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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With 67 residences, wraparound terraces, and column-free walls of floor-to-ceiling glass, the building offers expansive views of New York City—something a condo built in 2019 cannot be without. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Interior Designer Cyril Vergniol Says Goodbye to Cookie-Cutter Apartments," 8 Mar. 2019 By spending a bit more cash, shower columns can deliver some extra splash. Ed Del Grande, The Seattle Times, "Fixture upgrade delivers extra power to the shower," 11 Feb. 2019 Piano’s design is slender but strong, with a steel span that’s supported by thick columns that anchor into the ground at regular intervals. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Renzo Piano reveals design to replace collapsed Genoa bridge," 21 Dec. 2018 Welcome to Noticed, The Goods’ design trend column. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Some people feel a tenderness toward bulbous candles and planters. Why?," 21 Dec. 2018 Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s final Washington Post column was published on Wednesday night. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Journalist Jamal Khashoggi Has Disappeared at a Saudi Consulate in Istanbul," 18 Oct. 2018 Some are flat, with visible branch-like arms, some are hexagonal prisms, and others look like hollow columns. Discover Magazine, "The Great Snow of Beaver Creek," 3 Oct. 2018 Alexandra Lange’s architectural criticism column, Critical Eye, appears bimonthly on Curbed. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 The ultimate matchmaker seems super busy with his YouTube channel, Cosmopolitan advice column, and reality TV show Ready For Love. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Camila Cabello Walks the 2018 VMAs Red Carpet Without Bae, Matthew Hussey," 21 Aug. 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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column

noun

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

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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