column

[kol-uh m]

noun


Origin of column

1400–50; late Middle English columne < Latin columna, equivalent to colum(e)n peak + -a feminine ending; akin to excel; replacing late Middle English colompne < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Related formscol·umned [kol-uh md] /ˈkɒl əmd/, col·um·nat·ed [kol-uh m-ney-tid] /ˈkɒl əmˌneɪ tɪd/, adjective

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1. Column, pillar refer to upright supports in architectural structures. Pillar is the general word: the pillars supporting the roof. A column is a particular kind of pillar, especially one with an identifiable shaft, base, and capital: columns of the Corinthian order.
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British Dictionary definitions for column

column

noun

an upright post or pillar usually having a cylindrical shaft, a base, and a capital
  1. a form or structure in the shape of a columna column of air
  2. a monument
a row, line, or file, as of people in a queue
military a narrow formation in which individuals or units follow one behind the other
journalism
  1. any of two or more vertical sections of type on a printed page, esp on a newspaper page
  2. a regular article or feature in a paperthe fashion column
a vertical array of numbers or mathematical terms
botany a long structure in a flower, such as that of an orchid, consisting of the united stamens and style
anatomy zoology any elongated structure, such as a tract of grey matter in the spinal cord or the stalk of a crinoid
Derived Formscolumnar (kəˈlʌmnə), adjectivecolumned or columnated (ˈkɒləmˌneɪtɪd), adjective

Word Origin for column

C15: from Latin columna, from columen top, peak; related to Latin collis hill
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Word Origin and History for column
n.

mid-15c., "vertical division of a page," also "a pillar, post," from Old French colombe (12c., Modern French colonne "column, pillar"), from Latin columna "pillar," collateral form of columen "top, summit," from PIE root *kel- "to project" (see hill). Sense of "matter written for a newspaper" dates from 1785.

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Medicine definitions for column

column

[kŏləm]

n.

Any of various tubular or pillarlike supporting structures in the body, such as the spinal column, each generally having a single tissue origin and function.
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