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

Synonyms for column

Synonyms

cue, file, line, queue, range, string, train

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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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And the sign is supported by columns on both sides decorated with stars and stripes that depict Americana. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Archway designed to reflect town’s identity," 28 Aug. 2019 Like many who appear in this column, Kravetz said she was motivated not only for personal redress, but also to be an example to other consumers to fight back when treated badly by businesses. Sean P. Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "A trip to Ireland balloons from $2,100 to nearly $17,000," 25 Aug. 2019 Teen Vogue is highlighting the work of visual artists through intimate profiles about their experiences, career, and muses with our new column, Art School. Kiara Ventura, Teen Vogue, "Artist Mónica Hernández On Her Art, Upbringing, and Exploring Taboos in Latinx Communities," 23 Aug. 2019 With its pietra serena columns, this entrance seems to presage yet another of those rather chilly aristo digs, full of la contessa's hand-me-down furniture. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "These 6 European Apartments Are Basically Private Design Hotels," 23 Aug. 2019 Ex-United midfielder Paul Ince used the words ‘Oscar-winning theatrics and dramatics’ in a column for Paddy Power. SI.com, "Addressing the Media Coverage & Massive Overreaction to Paul Pogba Missing a Penalty," 21 Aug. 2019 Soon afterward, the Drucker Institute’s Rick Wartzman echoed the theme in a column for Fast Company. Fortune, "America’s CEOs Seek a New Purpose for the Corporation," 19 Aug. 2019 Ludwig can train itself when fed two files: a spreadsheet with the training data and a file specifying which columns are the inputs and outputs. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "No coding required: Companies make it easier than ever for scientists to use artificial intelligence," 31 July 2019 His column appears in The Birmingham News, the Huntsville Times, the Mobile Register and AL.com. John Archibald, al.com, "Indicted water board member still spending money," 21 July 2019

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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

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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