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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Other Words from column

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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Alexandra Lange writes the Critical Eye column for Curbed, covering design in many forms: new parks and Instagram playgrounds, teen urbanists and architectural icons, postmodernism and the post-retail era. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "Meet the Hunters, Vermont’s modernist-house pioneers," 9 Aug. 2018 The column was still on The Spectator’s website Friday evening without any correction or retraction note. New York Times, "Did Harvey Weinstein Admit to Trading Movie Roles for Sex?," 13 July 2018 The column is an attempt, as a whole, to place modern phenomenons into historical context, Jones explained to Courier Journal on Tuesday. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "'Don't be like a Tucker Carlson,' says Ricky Jones after TV exchange," 3 July 2018 Hiaasen, 59, wrote a Sunday column for the Capital and was drawn to quirky stories, reported the Baltimore Sun. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "'We will not be silenced': Reporter at vigil for 5 slain in Capital Gazette shooting," 1 July 2018 In addition, daughter Anne Gusewelle wrote a column of her own. Charles W. Gusewelle, kansascity, "For Father’s Day, a favorite column from Charles Gusewelle: That miracle day," 16 June 2018 Married Women is a column that explores how women are redefining the rules of matrimony. Arielle Greenberg, The Cut, "My Boyfriend, My Husband, and Me," 14 June 2018 Pippa recently opened up about her first trimester in her latest column for the U.K. supermarket monthly Waitrose Kitchen magazine. Erin Hill,, "Pregnant Pippa Middleton (in Baby Blue!) Arrives at Her Nephew Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 Her advice column will appear here every Wednesday. Heather Havrilesky, The Cut, "‘I’m a Single Mom and My Friends Walk All Over Me’," 4 July 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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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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