[kol-uh m]


Nearby words

  1. columbus day,
  2. columbus, christopher,
  3. columcille, saint,
  4. columella,
  5. columelliform,
  6. column chromatography,
  7. column dress,
  8. column inch,
  9. column of fornix,
  10. column vector

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for columnated



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
  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 columnated



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 columnated




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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