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  1. shaped like a column.
  2. characterized by columns: columnar architecture.
  3. Also co·lum·nal. printed, arranged, etc., in columns: data in columnar form.
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Origin of columnar

1720–30; < Late Latin columnāris, equivalent to column(a) column + -āris -ar1
Related formscol·um·nar·i·ty [kol-uh m-nar-i-tee] /ˌkɒl əmˈnær ɪ ti/, noun
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  • Tall, columnar, with a great dignity about him, had there been any one there to see.

    The Soul Stealer

    Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull

  • There are two principal forms of ice crystal—the tabular and the columnar.


    Charles Fitzhugh Talman

  • They are columnar, and are wedged in between the larger ones.

  • They are irregular in shape, with a slight tendency to be columnar.

  • It is also called the commutation method and the columnar method.

Word Origin and History for columnar


1728, from Late Latin columnaris "rising in the form of a pillar," from columna "column" (see column).

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