noun \ˈkä-ləm also ˈkäl-yəm\

: a long post made of steel, stone, etc., that is used as a support in a building

: a group of printed or written items (such as numbers or words) shown one under the other down a page

: any one of two or more sections of print that appear next to each other on a page and are separated by a blank space or a line

Full Definition of COLUMN

a :  a vertical arrangement of items printed or written on a page
b :  one of two or more vertical sections of a printed page separated by a rule or blank space
c :  an accumulation arranged vertically :  stack
d :  one in a usually regular series of newspaper or magazine articles <gossip column>
:  a supporting pillar; especially :  one consisting of a usually round shaft, a capital, and a base
a :  something resembling a column in form, position, or function <a column of water>
b :  a tube or cylinder in which a chromatographic separation takes place
:  a long row (as of soldiers)
:  one of the vertical lines of elements of a determinant or matrix
:  a statistical category or grouping <put another game in the win column>
col·umned \-ləmd, -yəmd\ adjective

Examples of COLUMN

  1. a facade with marble columns
  2. Add the first column of numbers.
  3. The article takes up three columns.
  4. The error appears at the bottom of the second column.
  5. She writes a weekly column for the paper.

Illustration of COLUMN

Origin of COLUMN

Middle English columne, from Anglo-French columpne, from Latin columna, from columen top; akin to Latin collis hill — more at hill
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to COLUMN

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with COLUMN


noun \ˈkäl-əm\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COLUMN

: a longitudinal subdivision of the spinal cord that resembles a column or pillar: as a : any of the principal longitudinal subdivisions of gray matter or white matter in each lateral half of the spinal cord—see dorsal horn, gray column, lateral column 1, ventral horn; compare funiculus a b : any of a number of smaller bundles of spinal nerve fibers : fasciculus


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Doric columns on the Greek temple at Segesta, Sicily, c. 424–416 BC—SCALA/Art Resource, New York

In architecture, a vertical element, usually a slender shaft, that provides structural support by carrying axial loads in compression; columns are also subject to buckling. Columns may be exposed or hidden in walls; constructed of precast concrete, masonry, stone, or wood or of steel wide-flange, pipe, or tubular sections; they may be plain, fluted, or sculpted, with or without a capital and base. Columns may also be nonstructural, used for decorative or monumental purposes. See also intercolumniation, order.


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