Definitions for: Column


[n] a tall cylindrical vertical upright
[n] a vertical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (as a monument or a column of air)
[n] 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 colored bands
[n] an article giving opinions or perspectives
[n] a line of (usually military) units following one after another
[n] a linear array of numbers one above another
[n] anything tall and thin approximating the shape of a column or tower; "the test tube held a column of white powder"; "a tower of dust rose above the horizon"; "a thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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., somewhat
ornamented, and usually composed of base, shaft, and
capital. See Order.

2. Anything resembling, in form or position, a column in
architecture; an upright body or mass; a shaft or obelisk;
as, a column of air, of water, of mercury, etc.; the
Column Vend[^o]me; the spinal column.

3. (Mil.)
(a) A body of troops formed in ranks, one behind the
other; -- contradistinguished from line. Compare
Ploy, and Deploy.
(b) A small army.

4. (Naut.) A number of ships so arranged as to follow one
another in single or double file or in squadrons; -- in
distinction from ``line'', where they are side by side.

5. (Print.) A perpendicular set of lines, not extending
across the page, and separated from other matter by a rule
or blank space; as, a column in a newspaper.

6. (Arith.) A perpendicular line of figures.

7. (Bot.) The body formed by the union of the stamens in the
Mallow family, or of the stamens and pistil in the
orchids.

Attached column. See under Attach, v. t.

Clustered column. See under Cluster, v. t.

Column rule, a thin strip of brass separating columns of
type in the form, and making a line between them in
printing.

Synonyms: chromatography column, editorial, newspaper column, pillar, pillar, tower

See Also: agony column, array, article, atlas, cap, capital, caryatid, chapiter, construction, file, footstall, form, Indian file, newel, newspaper, obelisk, paper, pedestal, pilaster, pile, piling, plinth, shaft, shape, single file, spile, stilt, structure, support column, table, tabular array, telamon, temple, totem pole, tube, tubing, upright, vertical

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