- a rigid, relatively slender, upright support, composed of relatively few pieces.
- a decorative pillar, most often composed of stone and typically having a cylindrical or polygonal shaft with a capital and usually a base.
- any columnlike object, mass, or formation: a column of smoke.
- a vertical row or list: Add this column of figures.
- a vertical arrangement on a page of horizontal lines of type, usually typographically justified: There are three columns on this page.
- a regular feature or series of articles in a newspaper, magazine, or the like, usually having a readily identifiable heading and the byline of the writer or editor, that reports or comments upon a particular field of interest, as politics, theater, or etiquette, or which may contain letters from readers, answers to readers' queries, etc.
- a long, narrow formation of troops in which there are more members in line in the direction of movement than at right angles to the direction (distinguished from line1def 35).
- a formation of ships in single file.
- Botany. a columnlike structure in an orchid flower, composed of the united stamens and style.
Origin of column
Related Words for columnlist, file, monument, string, platoon, company, rank, queue, cavalcade, train, row, cylinder, monolith, buttress, totem, pedestal, support, prop, brace, obelisk
Examples from the Web for column
Contemporary Examples of column
Sometimes a column has the economy and rhythm of a short story.The Best Columns of 2014
John Avlon, Errol Louis
December 31, 2014
Later that night, that same black-and-red banner would be seen again—in the column of marchers chanting for dead cops.The Monsters Who Screamed for Dead Cops
December 23, 2014
My editor called and said, “Do a column on this Lena Dunham flap!”Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham
P. J. O’Rourke
December 13, 2014
His sign was the last one people saw as the column of marchers passed them, it read, “Am I next?”‘They Let Him Off?’ Scenes from NYC in Disbelief
December 4, 2014
The Washington Post wrote, “it would take almost a column of The Post just to tell the names of all the animals within.”We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus
November 27, 2014
Historical Examples of column
No Lancers were seen with the column, certainly none with pennons.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Vesuvius, with its column of smoke, was in plain view from the seats.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
Dick was at the head of the column with Colonel Winchester and the sergeant.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Then he leisurely turned to the column indicated by his companion.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
Yes, sure enough, the whole command was facing into column the other way!The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
- an upright post or pillar usually having a cylindrical shaft, a base, and a capital
- a form or structure in the shape of a columna column of air
- 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
- any of two or more vertical sections of type on a printed page, esp on a newspaper page
- 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
Word Origin for column
Word Origin and History for column
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.
- 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.