noun col·umn \ˈkä-ləm also ˈkäl-yəm\

Definition of column

  1. 1a :  a vertical arrangement of items printed or written on a page columns of numbersb :  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 cansd :  one in a usually regular series of newspaper or magazine articles the gossip column advice columns

  2. 2 :  a supporting pillar; especially :  one consisting of a usually round shaft, a capital, and a base a colonnade of marble columns

  3. 3a :  something resembling a column in form, position, or function a column of water columns of smokeb :  a tube or cylinder in which a chromatographic separation takes place

  4. 4 :  a long row (as of soldiers) columns of troops

  5. 5 :  one of the vertical lines of elements of a determinant or matrix

  6. 6 :  a statistical category or grouping put another game in the win column


play \-ləmd, -yəmd\ adjective

Examples of column in a sentence

  1. a facade with marble columns

  2. Add the first column of numbers.

  3. The article takes up three columns.

  4. The error appears at the bottom of the second column.

  5. She writes a weekly column for the paper.

Illustration of column

Origin and Etymology of column

Middle English columne, from Anglo-French columpne, from Latin columna, from columen top; akin to Latin collis hill — more at hill

First Known Use: 15th century

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COLUMN Defined for English Language Learners


noun col·umn \ˈkä-ləm also ˈkäl-yəm\

Definition of column for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


noun col·umn \ˈkä-ləm\

Definition of column for Students

  1. 1 :  one of two or more vertical sections of a printed page Read the article in the left column.

  2. 2 :  a group of items shown one under the other down a page a column of figures

  3. 3 :  a regular feature in a newspaper or magazine a sports column

  4. 4 :  a pillar used to support a building

  5. 5 :  something that is tall or thin in shape or arrangement a column of smoke

  6. 6 :  a long straight row a column of soldiers

Medical Dictionary


noun col·umn \ˈkäl-əm\

Medical Definition of column

  1. :  a longitudinal subdivision of the spinal cord that resembles a column or pillar: asa:  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 1, ventral horn; compare funiculus ab:  any of a number of smaller bundles of spinal nerve fibers :  fasciculus

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