- The definition of a column is a vertical arrangement of something, a regular article in a paper, magazine or website, or a structure that holds something up.
- An example of column is an Excel list of budget items.
- An example of column is a weekly recipe article.
- An example of column is a pillar in the front of a building.
Columns on the front of the U.S. Supreme Court building.
- a slender upright structure, generally consisting of a cylindrical shaft, a base, and a capital; pillar: it is usually a supporting or ornamental member in a building
- anything like a column in shape or function: a column of water, the spinal column
- a formation of troops, ships, etc. in a file or adjacent files
- any of the vertical sections of printed matter that are side by side on a page, separated by a rule or blank space
- (any of) a series of feature articles appearing regularly in a newspaper or magazine, by a particular writer or about a certain subject
Origin of columnMiddle English and amp; Old French colomne ; from Classical Latin columna, collateral form of columen, column, pillar ; from Indo-European base an unverified form kel-, to project from source hill, holm, Classical Greek kolophōn
- Architecture a. A vertical structure usually consisting of a base, a cylindrical shaft, and a capital, used as a support or standing alone as a monument.b. Any slender vertical support, as of steel or reinforced concrete.
- Something resembling an architectural column in form or function: a column of mercury in a thermometer.
- a. One of two or more vertical sections of text lying side by side in a document and separated by a rule or a blank space.b. An arrangement of numbers in a single vertical line.
- A feature article that appears regularly in a publication, such as a newspaper.
- A formation, as of troops or vehicles, in which all elements follow one behind the other.
- Botany A columnlike structure, especially one formed by the union of a stamen and the style in an orchid flower, or one formed by the united staminal filaments in flowers such as those of the hibiscus or mallow.
- Anatomy Any of various tubular or pillarlike supporting structures in the body, each generally having a single tissue origin and function: the vertebral column.
Origin of columnMiddle English columne, from Latin columna; see kel-2 in Indo-European roots.
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- A solid upright structure designed usually to support a larger structure above it, such as a roof or horizontal beam, but sometimes for decoration.
- A vertical line of entries in a table, usually read from top to bottom.
- A body of troops or army vehicles, usually strung out along a road.
- 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.
- A unit of width, especially of advertisements, in a periodical, equivalent to the width of a usual column of text.
- Each column inch costs $300 a week; this ad is four columns by three inches, so will run $3600 a week.
- (by extension) 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.
- Something having similar vertical form or structure to the things mentioned above, such as a spinal column.
- (line of table entries): row (which is horizontal)
From Old French columne, from Latin columna (“a column, pillar, post”), originally a collateral form of columen, contraction culmen (“a pillar, top, crown, summit”), o-grade form from a Proto-Indo-European *kʷel- (“going around”). Akin to Latin collis (“a hill”), celsus (“high”), probably to Ancient Greek κολοφών (kolophōn, “top, summit”).