Colon meaning

kōlən
The definition of a colon is a punctuation mark (:) used to shows that what follows is an explanation such as a quotation, example or list and as a mark used between numbers to show time and ratios, or the last part of the digestive system, or part of a poem that forms a rhythmic unit.

An example of a colon is the : in 5:30 a.m.

An example of a colon is a part of the large intestine from the cecum to the rectum that can get diseased with cancer.

An example of a colon is a type of section in a Greek poem.

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The section of the large intestine extending from the cecum to the rectum.
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A city of northern Panama at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal. The city was founded as Aspinwall in 1850 by Americans working on the Panama Railroad and was renamed in 1890.
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A mark of punctuation (:) used before an extended quotation, explanation, example, series, etc. and after the salutation of a formal letter.
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In Greek prosody, a section of a prosodic period, consisting of a group of two to six feet forming a rhythmic unit with a principal accent.
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That part of the large intestine extending from the cecum to the rectum.
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A colonist, esp. one who owns a plantation.
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The basic monetary unit of Costa Rica and, formerly, El Salvador.
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Seaport in Panama, at the Caribbean end of the Panama Canal.
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The section of the large intestine extending from the cecum to the rectum.
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The longest part of the large intestine, extending from the cecum to the rectum. Water and electrolytes are absorbed, solidified, and prepared for elimination as feces in the colon. The colon also contains bacteria that help in the body's absorption of nutrients from digested material.
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In programming, the colon (:) is used to separate parts of an address. For example, the first part of 1AAA:1FFF might be a segment address and the second part the actual offset within the segment.
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The currency unit of Costa Rica, comprised of 100 centimos, and El Salvador, comprised of 100 centavos.
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Origin of colon

  • Latin cōlon part of a verse from Greek kōlon limb, member, metrical unit

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Latin from Greek kolon large intestine

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Spanish colón after Cristóbal Colón , Christopher Columbus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition