[kol; French kawl]
- Physical Geography. a pass or depression in a mountain range or ridge.
- Meteorology. the region of relatively low pressure between two anticyclones.
Origin of col
1850–55; < French < Latin collum neck
- cost of living.
- (in prescriptions) strain.
Origin of col.1
From the Latin word colā
- variant of com- before l: collateral.
- variant of colo- before a vowel: colectomy.
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Examples from the Web for col
Then a larger-scale map revealed a twisting, narrow road up to the Col de Lizarrieta, at around 1,300 feet.Is This Hemingway’s Pamplona or a Lot of Bull?
July 13, 2014
After the Armistice, Brazier hosted one of her popular pig roasts at Col de la Luère, hiring a clown and a marching band.The Queen of the French Kitchen
March 26, 2014
Daniel L. Davis is a Lt. Col in the US Army, stationed in Washington, DC.To Salvage What we can From Afghanistan, Our Leaders Must Admit that the War has Failed
Daniel L. Davis
January 23, 2014
She shed each one like a petulant child, reciting all of their names alphabetically: col marin, col Medicis.Tilda Swinton and Oliver Saillard Perform the Creation of Fashion in ‘Eternity Dress’
November 21, 2013
“Every night, Rangers are going out on targets that are IED makers, suicide bombers,” says Lt. Col Brian de Santis.Death Benefit Scandal Is the Government Shutdown’s Ultimate Insult
October 10, 2013
It was found necessary to abandon the Donon and the Col de Sapt.
Then as Col was a sportsman, and had powder on board, I figured that we might be blown up.
Col's bowl was finished; and by that time we were well warmed.
I am going to stop the passages by Ventimiglia and the Col di Tende.Dross
Henry Seton Merriman
From Raasa only one man had been seduced, and at Col there was no wish to go away.A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland
- the lowest point of a ridge connecting two mountain peaks, often constituting a pass
- meteorol a pressure region between two anticyclones and two depressions, associated with variable weather
C19: from French: neck, col, from Latin collum neck
- a variant of com- collateral
- a variant of colo- colectomy
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Word Origin and History for col
form of Latin com- before stems beginning in -l- (see com-).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A craterlike area of the interproximal oral mucosa joining the lingual and buccal interdental papillae.
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