Columns in temple of Bel, Syria
Old French , from columne Latin ( columna “ a column, pillar, post ”), originally a collateral form of , contraction columen ( culmen “ a pillar, top, crown, summit ”), o-grade form from a Proto-Indo-European ( *kʷel- “ going around ”). Akin to Latin ( collis “ a hill ”), ( celsus “ high ”), probably to Ancient Greek ( κολοφών kolophṓn, “ top, summit ”).
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, 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
( line of table entries ) : row ( which is horizontal )
( upright structure ) : beam
upright supporting member
vertical line of entries in a table
something having similar form or structure to the things mentioned above
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