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 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 The Lakers had this one in the win column early enough that LeBron James, who had 15 points, 12 assists and six rebounds, played just 31 minutes. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Los Angeles Lakers run away from Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of Western Conference finals," 19 Sep. 2020 Wisconsin hadn’t been in the GOP column for president since Ronald Reagan’s 49-state landslide in 1984. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "The polls are wrong again: Republicans expect Trump battleground triumphs," 17 Sep. 2020 Celina, led by the receiving tandem of DJ Dell’Anno and Collin Urich, will look to get into the win column against Paul Pewitt, last year’s 3A-II state runner-up. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "Previews and predictions for notable area football games, including a clash between two 4A powerhouses," 16 Sep. 2020 After losing Minnesota by just 1.5% in 2016, Trump has long mused about putting it in the Republican column for the first time since 1972. Ryan Teague Beckwith,, "Democrats Win Louisiana Bid to Extend Mail Vote: Campaign Update," 16 Sep. 2020 How much would Dunn, Poeltl, Giles or Boucher add in the win column? Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers' top free-agency target should be Tristan Thompson: Chris Fedor," 10 Sep. 2020 The return to the win column from a nine-game losing streak began Aug. 20 in the clubhouse at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, where the Tigers were swept by the red-hot White Sox. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers make one trade at deadline, keep roster intact for playoff push," 31 Aug. 2020 The Cardinals return home and return to the win column, at least according to the 51% chance they are given to win over the Rams (48.7%). Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Cardinals game-by-game odds: What projection says about team's 2020 NFL schedule," 30 Aug. 2020 Learn more in the latest column by Otis R. Taylor Jr. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: August 19-20," 21 Aug. 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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22 Sep 2020

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“Column.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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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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