English [ edit ]
Columns in temple of Bel, Syria
Etymology [ edit ]
Old French , from columne Latin ( columna “ a column, pillar, post ”), originally a collateral form of , contraction columen ( culmen “ a pillar, top, crown, summit ”). Akin to Latin ( collis “ a hill ”), ( celsus “ high ”), probably to Ancient Greek ( κολοφών kolophṓn, “ top, summit ”).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
column ( plural ) columns
( 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. A
vertical line of entries in a table, usually read from top to bottom. A body of
troops or army vehicles, usually strung out along a road. 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. 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.
( 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. Something having similar vertical form or structure to the things mentioned above, such as a
1892, James Yoxall, chapter 5, in : The Lonely Pyramid
The desert storm was riding in its strength; the travellers lay beneath the mastery of the fell simoom. Whirling wreaths and columns of burning wind, rushed around and over them.
( botany ) The gynostemium (chemistry) An object used to separate the different components of a liquid or to purify chemical compounds.
Derived terms [ edit ]
Synonyms [ edit ]
Antonyms [ edit ]
( line of table entries ) : row ( which is horizontal )
Hypernyms [ edit ]
( upright structure ) : beam
Translations [ edit ]
upright supporting member
柱 ( (ja) はしら, hashira) Khmer:
សសរ ( (km) sɑsɑɑ) Korean:
기둥 ( (ko) gidung) Latin:
columna f Latvian:
kolonna f Lithuanian:
kolona (lt) f Macedonian:
столб ( m stolb) Maori:
, pou tumu Mazanderani:
багана ( (mn) bagana) Norman:
colonne f Norwegian:
søyle (no) m, f Nynorsk:
søyle f Persian:
ستون ( (fa) sotun) Polish:
kolumna (pl) , f słup (pl) m Portuguese:
coluna (pt) Romanian:
coloană , (ro) , pilar columnă , (ro) stâlp (ro) Russian:
коло́нна (ru) ( f kolónna), столб (ru) ( m stolb) Scottish Gaelic:
colbh m Serbo-Croatian:
stȗp (sh) , m stȗb (sh) m Slovak:
stĺp m Slovene:
stolp (sl) m Sorbian:
słup m Spanish:
columna (es) f Swedish:
kolonn (sv) , c pelare (sv) c Tajik:
( сутун sutun) Turkish:
kolon (tr) Ukrainian:
коло́на ( f kolóna), стовп ( m stovp) Volapük:
vertical line of entries in a table
something having similar form or structure to the things mentioned above
chemistry : object to separate components
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