- the sign (:) used to mark a major division in a sentence, to indicate that what follows is an elaboration, summation, implication, etc., of what precedes; or to separate groups of numbers referring to different things, as hours from minutes in 5:30; or the members of a ratio or proportion, as in 1 : 2 = 3 : 6.
- Classical Prosody. one of the members or sections of a rhythmical period, consisting of a sequence of from two to six feet united under a principal ictus or beat.
Origin of colon1
- Anatomy. the part of the large intestine extending from the cecum to the rectum.
- Zoology. the portion of the digestive tract that is posterior to the stomach or gizzard and extends to the rectum.
Origin of colon2
- the paper monetary unit of El Salvador, equal to 100 centavos. Abbreviation: C.
- a cupronickel or steel coin and monetary unit of Costa Rica, equal to 100 centimos.
Origin of colon3
- a colonial farmer or plantation owner, especially in Algeria.
Origin of colon4
- a seaport in Panama at the Atlantic end of the Panama Canal.
Examples from the Web for colon
The bacteria in your colon thrive on nondigestible fiber, also known as prebiotics.How to Choose the Right Probiotic for You
May 16, 2014
In 1993, about a year before Retsky received his colon cancer diagnosis, he attended a breast cancer conference in Europe.
The tumor in his colon had spread to four of his lymph nodes and penetrated the bowel wall.
But in his late 20s, his mother became very sick from colon cancer and said to him, “When am I going to see you on TV?”Inside Beacher's Madhouse, L.A.'s Craziest Nightclub
June 22, 2013
In Dec. 1997, a short time after giving birth to Angelica, Taylor-Wood was diagnosed with colon cancer, which she beat.Meet ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson: The Cancer-Surviving Badass
June 20, 2013
Both a comma and a colon were used and have been retained in this e-book.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
I found that the program for the day included a trip to Colon on the Isthmus railroad.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
He reached Manila as a State prisoner in the Colon, isolated from all but his jailors.The Philippine Islands
After these words, we have a choice of the comma, the colon, and the full stop.
The substitution of a period or a colon for any other point.
- plural -lons the punctuation mark :, usually preceding an explanation or an example of what has gone before, a list, or an extended quotation
- plural -lons this mark used for certain other purposes, such as expressions of time, as in 2:45 p.m., or when a ratio is given in figures, as in 5:3
- plural -la (-lə) (in classical prosody) a part of a rhythmic period with two to six feet and one principal accent or ictus
- the part of the large intestine between the caecum and the rectum
- a colonial farmer or plantation owner, esp in a French colony
- the standard monetary unit of Costa Rica, divided into 100 céntimos
- the former standard monetary unit of El Salvador, divided into 100 centavos; replaced by the US dollar in 2001
- a port in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal. Chief Caribbean port. Pop: 157 000 (2005 est)Former name: Aspinwall
- Archipiélago de Colón (ˌartʃiˈpjelaɣo ðe) the official name of the Galápagos Islands
Word Origin and History for colon
punctuation mark, 1540s, from Latin colon "part of a poem," from Greek kolon (with a long initial -o-) "part of a verse," literally "limb," from PIE root *(s)kel- "to bend, crooked" (see scalene). Meaning evolved from "independent clause" to punctuation mark that sets it off.
"large intestine," late 14c., from Greek kolon (with a short initial -o-) "large intestine, food, meat," of unknown origin.
- The division of the large intestine extending from the cecum to the rectum.
- 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.
A punctuation mark (:) used to introduce a description, an explanation, or a list. For example, “She would own only one kind of pet: a Siamese cat” and “The little boy announced that he wanted the following for his birthday: two sweaters, a new tent, and three toy cars.”