column

[ kol-uh m ]
/ ˈkɒl əm /

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

Synonym study

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

/ (ˈkɒləm) /

noun

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

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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