Definition of column noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒləm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːləm//
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  1. 1  a tall, solid, vertical post, usually round and made of stone, which supports or decorates a building or stands alone as a monument The temple is supported by marble columns. Nelson’s Column in London See related entries: Structures
  2. 2  a thing shaped like a column a column of smoke (= smoke rising straight up) see also spinal column, steering column
  3. 3  (abbreviation col.) one of the vertical sections into which the printed page of a book, newspaper, etc. is divided a column of text a dictionary with two columns per page Put a mark in the appropriate column. Their divorce filled a lot of column inches in the national papers (= got a lot of attention).
  4. 4  a part of a newspaper or magazine which appears regularly and deals with a particular subject or is written by a particular writer the gossip/financial column I always read her column in the local paper. see also agony column, personal column See related entries: Types of text
  5. 5  a series of numbers or words arranged one under the other down a page to add up a column of figures
  6. 6a long, moving line of people or vehicles a long column of troops and tanks see also fifth column More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  7. Word Originlate Middle English: partly from Old French columpne, reinforced by its source, Latin columna ‘pillar’.Extra examples He has a regular column in a weekly newspaper. She saw his name in an obituary column. So many column inches are devoted to film stars. The roof is supported by four huge columns. a column of troops a weekly column on films showing in London a weekly column on movies showing in the capital colonnades of fluted Doric columns to march in columns Corinthian columns are decorated with leaves at the top. He writes a gossip column for the local paper. I always read her column in the paper. It was an Athenian temple with long colonnades of limestone columns. Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square is one of London’s best-known landmarks. The churches have classical columns and decoration. The temple is supported by fluted marble columns. The website runs an online advice column for teenagers.
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