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Noun: column  kó-lum
  1. (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
    - pillar
  2. A vertical array of numbers or other information
    "he added a column of numbers"
  3. A page or text that is vertically divided
    "the newspaper devoted several columns to the subject"; "the bookkeeper used pages that were divided into columns"
  4. Anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower
    "the test tube held a column of white powder";
    - tower, pillar
  5. An article giving opinions or perspectives
    - editorial, newspaper column
  6. A vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)
    - pillar
  7. Any tubular or pillar-like supporting structure in the body
  8. (military) a line of units following one after another
  9. A vertical glass tube used in column chromatography; a mixture is poured in the top and washed through a stationary substance where components of the mixture are adsorbed selectively to form coloured bands
    - chromatography column

Derived forms: columns

Type of: array, article, construction, file, form, Indian file, shape, single file, skeletal structure, structure, text, textual matter, tube, tubing, upright, vertical

Part of: newspaper, paper, table, tabular array, temple

Encyclopedia: Column