[ kol; French kawl ]
/ kɒl; French kɔl /
noun, plural cols [kolz; French kawl]. /kɒlz; French kɔl/.
Physical Geography. a pass or depression in a mountain range or ridge.
Meteorology. the region of relatively low pressure between two anticyclones.
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Origin of col
1850–55; <French <Latin collum neck
Definition for col (2 of 7)
cost of living.
Definition for col (3 of 7)
variant of com- before l: collateral.
Definition for col (4 of 7)
variant of colo- before a vowel: colectomy.
Definition for col (5 of 7)
(in prescriptions) strain.
Origin of col.1
From the Latin word colā
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British Dictionary definitions for col (1 of 5)
/ (kɒl, French kɔl) /
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
Word Origin for col
C19: from French: neck, col, from Latin collum neck
British Dictionary definitions for col (2 of 5)
a variant of com- collateral
British Dictionary definitions for col (3 of 5)
a variant of colo- colectomy
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Medical definitions for col (1 of 3)
[ kŏl ]
A craterlike area of the interproximal oral mucosa joining the lingual and buccal interdental papillae.
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