column
noun Etymology: Middle English columne, from Anglo-French columpne, from Latin columna, from columen top; akin to Latin collis hill — more at hill Date: 15th century 1. 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
>
2. a supporting pillar; especially one consisting of a usually round shaft, a capital, and a base 3. 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 4. a long row (as of soldiers) 5. one of the vertical lines of elements of a determinant or matrix 6. a statistical category or grouping <
put another game in the win column
>
columned adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Column — Col umn, n. [L. columna, fr. columen, culmen, fr. cellere (used only in comp.), akin to E. excel, and prob. to holm. See {Holm}, and cf. {Colonel}.] 1. (Arch.) A kind of pillar; a cylindrical or polygonal support for a roof, ceiling, statue, etc …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • column — col‧umn [ˈkɒləm ǁ ˈkɑː ] noun [countable] 1. ACCOUNTING a line of numbers written or printed under each other so that they can be easily added up, or a space on a page or on a computer screen for numbers to be arranged in this way ˈcash ˌcolumn… …   Financial and business terms

  • Column — • Architectural term for a supporting pillar Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Column     Column     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • column — [käl′əm] n. [ME & OFr colomne < L columna, collateral form of columen, column, pillar < IE base * kel , to project > HILL, HOLM1, Gr kolophōn] 1. a slender upright structure, generally consisting of a cylindrical shaft, a base, and a… …   English World dictionary

  • column — (n.) mid 15c., vertical division of a page, also a pillar, post, from O.Fr. colombe (12c., Mod.Fr. colonne column, pillar ), from L. columna pillar, collateral form of columen top, summit, from PIE root *kel to project (see HILL (Cf. hill)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • column — [n1] line, procession cavalcade, company, file, list, platoon, queue, rank, row, string, train; concepts 432,727 column [n2] pillar brace, buttress, caryatid, colonnade, cylinder, mast, minaret, monolith, monument, obelisk, pedestal, peristyle,… …   New thesaurus

  • column — index chapter (division) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Column —   [engl.], Spalte …   Universal-Lexikon

  • column — *pillar, pilaster …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • column — ► NOUN 1) an upright pillar supporting an arch or other structure or standing alone as a monument. 2) a line of people or vehicles moving in the same direction. 3) a vertical division of a page or text. 4) a regular section of a newspaper or… …   English terms dictionary

  • Column — For other uses, see Column (disambiguation). National Capitol Columns at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, D.C …   Wikipedia

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