What does column mean?

Definitions for columnˈkɒl əm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word column.

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


  1. Column(n.)

    (Print.) one of a series of articles written in a periodical, usually under the same title and at regular intervals; it may be written and signed by one or more authors, or may appear pseudonymously or anonymously, as an editorial column.

  2. Origin: [L. columna, fr. columen, culmen, fr. cellere (used only in comp.), akin to E. excel, and prob. to holm. See Holm, and cf. Colonel.]


  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

  9. Origin: [L. columna, fr. columen, culmen, fr. cellere (used only in comp.), akin to E. excel, and prob. to holm. See Holm, and cf. Colonel.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Column

    kol′um, n. a long, round body, used to support or adorn a building: any upright body or mass like a column: a body of troops drawn up in deep files: a perpendicular row of lines in a book.—ns. Col′ūmel, a small column; Colūmel′la, the central axis of a spiral univalve; the auditory ossicle of the amphibian ear: the central axis of the spore-case of mosses: in the opening of fruits, what remains in the centre after the carpels have split away.—adjs. Colum′nal, Colum′nar, formed in columns.—n. Columna′rity.—adjs. Col′umned, Colum′niāted, Colum′nated, having columns.—n. Colum′niātion. [L. columen, columna, akin to celsus, high; Gr. kolōnē, a hill.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of column in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of column in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dave Berry:

    I will probably put a check in Trump's column (in the general election).

  2. Michael Jacobs:

    The virus re-emerged around the brain and around the spinal column to cause meningitis.

  3. Gabriel Orozco:

    The eruptive column has already cleared away from the volcano and is being taken north by winds.

  4. Walter Cronkite:

    Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine.

  5. Colonel Sani Usman:

    The leading column was ambushed by suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Faljari village between Mafa and Dikwa.

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