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

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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 Coincidentally, this column was published on the day that news of the coronavirus pandemic broke. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Sibling wants a way forward in relationship with ‘jerk brother’," 31 Mar. 2020 The home is a fine example of Greek Revival Neoclassical style with a symmetrical façade and large fluted columns. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio walking tours to shake the coronavirus quarantine blues: Monte Vista National Historic District," 30 Mar. 2020 This column is based on one available through Andrews McMeel Universal’s Newspaper Enterprise Association. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "We Are All a Ship Full of Vulnerables. Could This Be Our Strength?," 30 Mar. 2020 Also, the design, by Kahler Slater, includes cantilevers that replace traditional columns at the corners — which removes obstructions of views of Milwaukee's skyline and better shows off the curved corner windows. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mark Irgens shows off Milwaukee's newest office tower -- as pandemic brings big concerns for developers," 27 Mar. 2020 For the record, this column has a happy ending, so stay with me for a minute. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "'We're here to help each other': Social media army finds Kentuckiana woman baby formula," 27 Mar. 2020 Click here to read Dan Bickley's column from the Diamondbacks vs. Giants season opener in 2017. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Madison Bumgarner made history on Arizona Diamondbacks' Opening Day … in 2017," 26 Mar. 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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3 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Column.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/column. Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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column

noun
How to pronounce column (audio)

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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