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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Burkle's Long, Tangled Relationship with the Tabloids Burkle has long enjoyed appearing in the New York gossip columns. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Why It Makes Perfect Sense That Billionaire Ron Burkle Would Buy The Enquirer," 11 Apr. 2019 Correction: An earlier version of this column misidentified the median household income in King and Snohomish counties. Gene Balk / Fyi Guy, The Seattle Times, "Seattle household net worth ranks among top in nation — but wealth doesn’t reach everyone," 19 Feb. 2019 At the very bottom of that column is the fingerprint sensor, its position shifted to be to the right of the arrow keys rather than on top of them. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Samsung teases new Notebook 9 Pen with 15-hour battery life before CES 2019," 13 Dec. 2018 There are two other possible contributing factors still under investigation: First, trusses on the fifth and seventh floors were designed to transfer loads from one set of columns to another. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Debunking the 9/11 Myths: Special Report - The World Trade Center," 10 Sep. 2018 One particularly strong request came in the form of a column in a newspaper owned and published by Huntsman’s own brother. Madeleine Ngo, Vox, "A newspaper columnist called on Jon Huntsman to resign. Huntsman’s brother owns the paper.," 17 July 2018 Ramos turned his white-hot anger on the author of that column, Eric Thomas Hartley, and the newspaper. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "‘Tormented and traumatized’: Rage toward women fuels mass shooters," 2 July 2018 At Chanel, for example, a pantsuit with a Sherlock Holmes–like cape top was given a twist via its fuchsia hue, while Tom Ford’s soft pink column dress was toughened up with chains. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Fall’s 50 Shades . . . of Pink," 27 Mar. 2019 When reconstituted, the achingly beautiful form became a roof, which was to be hoisted onto 10 wood columns staking out a simple rectangular perimeter. David Netto, Town & Country, "Frank Gehry Built a Tiny House for Michael Eisner," 19 Mar. 2019

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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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