Definitions for columnˈkɒl əm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

col•umnˈkɒl əm(n.)

  1. a rigid, slender upright support composed of relatively few pieces. a decorative pillar, often of stone, typically having a cylindrical or polygonal shaft with a capital and usu. a base.

    Category: Architecture

  2. any columnlike object, mass, or formation:

    a column of smoke.

  3. a vertical row or list:

    Add this column of figures.

  4. a vertical arrangement on a page of horizontal lines of type, usu. typographically justified:

    There are two columns on this page.

  5. an article constituting a regular feature of a newspaper or magazine, and usu. reporting or commenting on political or social affairs, the arts, etc.

    Category: Journalism

  6. a long, narrow file of troops

    Category: Military

    Ref: (disting. from line 1 35 ).

  7. a formation of ships in single file.

    Category: Military

Origin of column:

1400–50; late ME colompne, columne (< AF) < L columna, akin to columen peak; cf. hill

col′umned-ˌneɪ tɪd(adj.)col′um•nat`ed

Princeton's WordNet

  1. column(noun)

    a line of units following one after another

  2. column, chromatography column(noun)

    a vertical glass tube used in column chromatography; a mixture is poured in the top and washed through a stationary substance where components of the mixture are adsorbed selectively to form colored bands

  3. column(noun)

    a vertical array of numbers or other information

    "he added a column of numbers"

  4. column, tower, pillar(noun)

    anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower

    "the test tube held a column of white powder"; "a tower of dust rose above the horizon"; "a thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite"

  5. column, editorial, newspaper column(noun)

    an article giving opinions or perspectives

  6. column, pillar(noun)

    a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)

  7. column, pillar(noun)

    (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure

  8. column(noun)

    a page or text that is vertically divided

    "the newspaper devoted several columns to the subject"; "the bookkeeper used pages that were divided into columns"

  9. column(noun)

    any tubular or pillar-like supporting structure in the body

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. column(noun)ˈkɒl əm

    a stone post supporting a building

    decorated columns

  2. columnˈkɒl əm

    a vertical section of a page in a newspaper, dictionary, etc.

    at the top of the second column

  3. columnˈkɒl əm

    writing by a journalist on a particular subject, which appears regularly in a publication

    the sports column in the newspaper; in her opinion column

  4. columnˈkɒl əm

    a long line of people or things

    a column of numbers on a page; a column of blue smoke; a column of refugees moving southward

Wiktionary

  1. column(Noun)

    A solid upright structure designed usually to support a larger structure above it, such as a roof or horizontal beam, but sometimes for decoration.

  2. column(Noun)

    A vertical line of entries in a table, usually read from top to bottom.

  3. column(Noun)

    A body of troops or army vehicles, usually strung out along a road.

  4. column(Noun)

    A body of text meant to be read line by line, especially in printed material that has multiple adjacent such on a single page.

    It was too hard to read the text across the whole page, so I split it into two columns.

  5. column(Noun)

    A recurring feature in a periodical, especially an opinion piece, especially by a single author or small rotating group of authors, or on a single theme.

    His initial foray into print media was as the author of a weekly column in his elementary-school newspaper.

  6. column(Noun)

    Something having similar vertical form or structure to the things mentioned above, such as a spinal column.

  7. Origin: From columne, which from columna, originally a collateral form of columen, contraction culmen, o-grade form from a . Akin to collis, celsus, probably to κολοφών.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Column(noun)

    a kind of pillar; a cylindrical or polygonal support for a roof, ceiling, statue, etc., somewhat ornamented, and usually composed of base, shaft, and capital. See Order

  2. Column(noun)

    anything resembling, in form or position, a column in architecture; an upright body or mass; a shaft or obelisk; as, a column of air, of water, of mercury, etc.; the Column Vendome; the spinal column

  3. Column(noun)

    a body of troops formed in ranks, one behind the other; -- contradistinguished from line. Compare Ploy, and Deploy

  4. Column(noun)

    a small army

  5. Column(noun)

    a number of ships so arranged as to follow one another in single or double file or in squadrons; -- in distinction from "line", where they are side by side

  6. Column(noun)

    a perpendicular set of lines, not extending across the page, and separated from other matter by a rule or blank space; as, a column in a newspaper

  7. Column(noun)

    a perpendicular line of figures

  8. Column(noun)

    the body formed by the union of the stamens in the Mallow family, or of the stamens and pistil in the orchids

Freebase

  1. Column

    Column or pillar in architecture and structural engineering is a structural element that transmits, through compression, the weight of the structure above to other structural elements below, in other words a column is a compression member. The term column applies especially to a large round support with a capital and base and made of stone, or appearing to be so. A small wooden or metal support is typically called a post, and supports with a rectangular or other non-round section are usually called piers. For the purpose of wind or earthquake engineering, columns may be designed to resist lateral forces. Other compression members are often termed "columns" because of the similar stress conditions. Columns are frequently used to support beams or arches on which the upper parts of walls or ceilings rest. In architecture, "column" refers to such a structural element that also has certain proportional and decorative features. A column might also be a decorative element not needed for structural purposes; many columns are "engaged", that is to say form part of a wall.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'column' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3446

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'column' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4181

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'column' in Nouns Frequency: #1027


Translations for column

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

column(noun)

a stone or wooden pillar used to support or adorn a building

the carved columns in the temple.

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