column

noun
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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Other Words from column

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web For much of the last year, the dominant thread in this column has been the crushing setbacks women have faced in the pandemic economy. Liz Elting, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 This isn’t to disparage Jimmy Garoppolo, a longtime favorite of this column, or the emerging Trey Lance. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 Staff writer Lauryn Schroeder contributed to this column. San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Sep. 2021 The options mentioned in this column are more expensive, heavy and complex. Bill May, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 12 Sep. 2021 This column originally ran at the Washington Free Beacon. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 11 Sep. 2021 Current and former residents are invited to share stories and photos with the neighborhood association at admin@ghhna.org or by contacting this column. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, 11 Sep. 2021 This column was originally published in Not Shutting Up, a newsletter about the issues facing journalism and democracy. Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica, 8 Sep. 2021 Times staff writer Maloy Moore contributed data research for this column. Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2021

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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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“Column.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/column. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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column

noun

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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