column
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒləm/
  • (GA), (IE) enPR: kŏlʹəm, IPA: /ˈkɑləm/
  • (GA, rare), (IE) enPR: kŏlʹjəm, IPA: /ˈkɑljəm/
Noun

column (plural columns)

  1. (architecture) A solid upright structure designed usually to support a larger structure above it, such as a roof or horizontal beam, but sometimes for decoration.
  2. A vertical line of entries in a table, usually read from top to bottom.
  3. A body of troops or army vehicles, usually strung out along a road.
  4. A body of text meant to be read line by line, especially in printed material that has multiple adjacent such on a single page.
    It was too hard to read the text across the whole page, so I split it into two columns.
  5. A unit of width, especially of advertisements, in a periodical, equivalent to the width of a usual column of text.
    Each column inch costs $300 a week; this ad is four columns by three inches, so will run $3600 a week.
  6. (by extension) A recurring feature in a periodical, especially an opinion piece, especially by a single author or small rotating group of authors, or on a single theme.
    His initial foray into print media was as the author of a weekly column in his elementary-school newspaper.
  7. Something having similar vertical form or structure to the things mentioned above, such as a spinal column.
  8. (botany) The gynostemium
  9. (chemistry) An object used to separate the different components of a liquid or to purify chemical compounds.
Synonyms Antonyms
  • (line of table entries) row (which is horizontal)
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