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.
Recent Examples on the Web Gleiberman was recognized for obituary/appreciation for his column on pioneering director Lina Wertmüller, who died in December at the age of 93. William Earl, Variety, 25 June 2022 More from Carolyn Hax From the archive: More: Sign up for Carolyn’s email newsletter to get her column delivered to your inbox each morning. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 22 June 2022 As my colleague Jean Guerrero points out in her latest column, President Biden can step in and do more. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 All of this has significant impacts related to AI Ethics and the advent of Ethical AI, which is a topic that my column has and continues to extensively cover, such as the link here and the link here, just to name a few. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 12 June 2022 Famous last words: How Mitch Albom ended his column about the victory parade: After the parade and rally, the players gathered at Joe Louis Arena for the official championship team photo. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 10 June 2022 Buchwald sweated little blood while writing his thrice-weekly column. Dave Shiflett, WSJ, 9 June 2022 The Beavers were able to find their footing over Crusaders in set three, dominating on the pitch and marking another tally in their win column before Moeller could even reach 20 points, ending 25-19. Sara Tidwell, The Enquirer, 5 June 2022 Without the Fever stringing together stops, Mitchell’s offensive production was wiped away and the Fever fell back into the losing column with a 93-80 loss to the Mercury at home. Gabby Hajduk, The Indianapolis Star, 16 June 2022 See More

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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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1 Jul 2022

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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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