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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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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Recent Examples on the Web No matter what the idiots say, your column is spot on. oregonlive, "Canzano: Monday Mailbag readers drill down on Oregon Ducks Fiesta Bowl debacle," 4 Jan. 2021 This is one in a series of stories republishing over the holidays recent advice and tips from our Dealer personal finance column on Rich Exner, cleveland, "Here’s how to cut your winter or spring college tuition bill; sign up for transfer credits - That’s Rich! short," 3 Jan. 2021 Someone San Diego Should Know is a weekly column about local people who are interesting and noteworthy because of their experiences, achievements, creativity or credentials. Clovis Honore, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Roosevelt Williams III," 23 Dec. 2020 Anyone who received an early polio vaccine may share their memories of the experience with this column. Paula Allen,, "San Antonio schoolchildren called ‘Polio Pioneers’ rolled up their sleeves for vaccine trials in the 1950s," 19 Dec. 2020 This is a column about American cowards and an American hero, and what their behavior tells us about the future of democracy in this country — and its reputation abroad. Star Tribune, "Trump is creating his own American Republic of Fear," 9 Dec. 2020 This is a weekly column from former sports reporter and editor Mike Bass. Mike Bass, The Enquirer, "Column: Fans sound off on Joe Burrow's injury, being a Cincinnati Bengals fan," 27 Nov. 2020 Confronted with a 1930s home with a whole litany of problems to overcome, the couple embarked on a radical remodel which involved taking a big bite out of the back of the property and replacing it with a wide column of glass. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, "Don’t Judge This English Home By Its Traditional Facade," 25 Nov. 2020 Coyne jumped into a firestorm with her first column, defending the Tribune’s initial coverage of the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Connie Coyne, former Tribune editor and reader advocate, dies at 76," 13 Nov. 2020

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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 first known use of column was in the 15th century

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14 Jan 2021

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“Column.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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 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


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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