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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a column/plume of smoke
▪ He could see a thin black column of smoke rising vertically into the sky.
a newspaper column (=a regular article in a newspaper written by a particular journalist)
▪ She writes a regular newspaper column about gardening.
advice column
agony column
fifth column
gossip column
personal column
spinal column
▪ Pictures were almost non-existent, long columns of grey, illegible type propped up its pages.
▪ Soldiers, in half-mile-#long columns, paraded through town.
▪ I turned and saw a long blue column approaching with a corporal in charge.
▪ I count a hundred eighty-five mov-ing along the shore in a long column, three or four bodies deep.
▪ Every few minutes the guns would halt as some obstruction worked its way down the long column.
▪ Warren happened to ride toward the point in the long column occupied by the brigade of General Stephen H.. Weed.
▪ Word was passed down the long column to close up, and to be ready to make a dash for the ford.
▪ He perused the long columns of journalistic licence which covered the Mercury's front page.
▪ This month's personal finance column therefore takes a back to basics look at expatriate tax.
▪ When you do, place an advertisement in the personal column of the International Herald Tribune to read as follows.
▪ Clive Thornton contributed a personal finance column.
▪ Chiropractic Practitioners deal with the structural relationships between the nerve tissues and the spinal column.
▪ The central rod is known as the Sushumna and corresponds to the spinal column.
▪ Many neurologic disorders affecting the brain stem, cerebellum, and spinal cord posterior column may cause dizzy sensations.
▪ These are connected vertically to the idol along the spinal column, over the chakras and end at the head.
▪ The pinioned hands of the condemned man went suddenly white as the noose and the drop snapped his spinal column.
▪ They had rudimentary spinal columns and became the forerunners of fish.
▪ At intervals along its length groups of nerve fibres emerge from the spinal column to connect with the peripheral nervous system.
▪ Glasgow also had a weekly deaf column in the Glasgow Evening Times, written by a variety of people.
▪ Six weeks after I got there, my wish to write a weekly column was fulfilled.
▪ These are issues from which the sporting public is excluded other than in a weekly letters column.
▪ Perhaps unbeknown to you, the first lady has been churning out a weekly column since July 30 of last year.
▪ Before his Colette-Willy period he had contributed a weekly column of musical criticism to a Bordeaux newspaper.
▪ On top of the weekly columns, Brady has been a writing machine.
▪ Designing Minds is a weekly column exploring home and design issues, ideas and resources.
▪ When such an article rises above the level of a gossip column, the artist's profile can be a valuable format.
▪ Without Deborah they did not add to any more than another name for the bars and gossip columns of New York.
▪ He made more gossip column copy than our delightful princess.
▪ When they stirred controversies, they were generally reported by the feature pages and gossip columns of newspapers.
▪ Harriet read film and gossip column mags voraciously.
▪ Her colourful opinions soon gave her a wider platform and she became a familiar face in the gossip columns.
▪ Back in London, her name began appearing in the gossip columns.
▪ Even colleagues assumed the gossip column staff spent most of their waking hours at parties.
▪ Meanwhile, there was the question of his presents, to which much time and many column inches were devoted.
▪ Between this and stories on Burke of the Somme, Chant's death attracted a lot of column inches.
▪ A column inch is one column wide by one inch deep.
▪ We have this morning's here, Chock full of column inches on yourself.
▪ Now it merits but a few column inches in a few papers.
▪ The official excuse for a sudden wave sweeping every column inch of coverage is that a genuine revelation has occurred.
▪ And by the spring of 1988, the column inches devoted to her in Britain's tabloids were adding up to miles.
▪ Best-selling books, magazine articles and newspaper columns publicised his ideas.
▪ Tony Lewis, the chairman, set out the rationale in his newspaper column.
▪ Thousands of people knew him from his radio and television appearances and weekly newspaper column for the Los Angeles Times.
▪ So disillusioned and grumpy is he that he writes a local newspaper column on the subject.
▪ Can this city survive without its traditional battalions of colorful characters swaggering through saloons and newspaper columns?
▪ Instead, the information related solely to a forthcoming newspaper column which recommended the shares of particular companies.
▪ Should he try to write a newspaper column?
▪ Back in London, her name began appearing in the gossip columns.
▪ With a spreadsheet, you can display more rows and columns.
▪ The screen scrolls to the right, displaying the first four columns. 16.
▪ The budget figures for the selected projects and the other resource-consuming activities are entered into the budget column and subtotals calculated.
▪ Press 2, then Enter, for two columns.
▪ At the review dates the expenditure per planning period is entered in the actual column opposite the relevant activity.
▪ Where agreed, they are entered into this column.
▪ This number is entered into the appropriate column.
▪ Turbulence produced by rapidly moving columns of air also generates low-frequency sounds.
▪ In the meantime, the 2d Battalion of the 271 Regiment, moving forward in a column, engaged the northernmost company.
▪ The various components of the mixture separate as they gradually move down the column.
▪ The solution? Move the column as a rectangle, not as a column.
▪ Component 1 has the higher partition coefficient and thus moves through the column faster.
▪ When you move a column, the tab codes on either side come with it.
▪ Always move the deleted column at once, otherwise you may lose it from the Scrap. 8 Tap Ins for Insert.
▪ We will now move the first column to the end of the table. 10.
▪ They've all read the Magpie column but arrive at differing conclusions.
▪ I read the column every Thursday and like it a lot.
▪ Harriet read film and gossip column mags voraciously.
▪ The first thing you should do, before you even read this column, is take the guided tour offered onscreen.
▪ I've started reading your column in the Sunday Express but that won't satisfy my insatiable appetite for your peerless wit.
▪ She must not read this column!
▪ As reading down the columns shows, the meanings of the phonetics, on the other hand, do not.
▪ The result of using the mean of each triple instead of the median is shown in columns 4 and 5 of figure 9.7.
▪ The tax rates shown in column 2 of Table 8-2 are marginal tax rates.
▪ Main storage technologies have similarly evolved, as shown in the fourth column of Figure 1.8.
▪ The adjusted figures are shown in the second column of Table 6.
▪ The frequencies of these breakage types are shown in columns 2 and 3 in Table 3.7.
▪ The arches are supported on columns with Composite capitals.
▪ Graceful, narrow arches supported by Corinthian columns flank its altar and frame its windows.
▪ The electronic zoo consists of a 9m grid coffered slab supported by reinforced columns.
▪ Each one has its silvery gray live-oak lintel, still supporting the column of lovely pink brick.
▪ The central space or nave was 280 feet long and 80 feet wide and the roof was supported on 96 granite columns.
▪ Our regiment was on the left, and supporting the assaulting column.
▪ These are great vaulted underground caverns, the roof supported by columns which display a wide variety of capital design.
▪ It was an ornate old lobby with great marble supporting columns and big pots of palms standing around.
▪ So disillusioned and grumpy is he that he writes a local newspaper column on the subject.
▪ On the board she had written two columns of phrases.
▪ He writes a daily showbiz column for them.
▪ Herb Caen wrote a column like that.
▪ Among other old boys: Johnny Giles writes a regular football column in the Daily Mail.
▪ He writes a monthly column for Wired and was an original investor.
▪ I even wrote a monthly column of book reviews plus a feature on newly released recordings, both popular and classical.
▪ Barry wrote a column about bad songs from the rock era and somehow managed to milk it into a book.
lonely hearts club/column/ad
▪ He met Dominique through a lonely hearts ad.
▪ How would you describe yourself in a lonely hearts ad?
▪ They talked about books, the theatre, cinema, where they lived, lonely hearts columns.
Columns of factory workers waved banners.
Columns of men and women were making their way towards the central square.
▪ a row of Greek columns
▪ a weekly column
▪ an advice column
▪ Did you read Julie Burchill's column in the Guardian this week?
▪ His column appears every other week in the local paper.
▪ Sales totals are shown in this column.
▪ The column of French soldiers passed us on their way to the battlefront.
▪ The article I told you about is in the left column.
▪ The car has an adjustable steering column.
▪ The first column is for expenses.
▪ By their shape, pillars signified trees, but also stone columns.
▪ Crowe offered a pathetic excuse about investigating woodworm infestation for his nature column, but I soon beetled the truth out of him.
▪ Effective rate for contracts entered into two days from date appearing at top of this column.
▪ In the Cathedral at Gurk there is a vast crypt possessing 100 columns which support a groined vault dating from 1160.
▪ Press 3 to turn on the column feature.
▪ Tabular setting text set in columns such as timetables.
▪ They want photo stories, tales of holiday romances, horoscopes and advice columns as well as free gifts of make-up and jewellery.
▪ This is particularly important when a column has entries of different lengths.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Column \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.)

    1. A body of troops formed in ranks, one behind the other; -- contradistinguished from line. Compare Ploy, and Deploy.

    2. 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.

  8. (Print.) one of a series of articles written in a periodical, usually under the same title and at regular intervals; it may be written and signed by one or more authors, or may appear pseudonymously or anonymously, as an editorial column. ``Safire's weekly column On Language in the New York Times is usually more interesting (and probably more accurate) than his political column.''
    --P. Cassidy

    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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., "vertical division of a page," also "a pillar, post," from Old French colombe (12c., Modern French colonne "column, pillar"), from Latin columna "pillar," collateral form of columen "top, summit," from PIE root *kel- (4) "to project, be prominent" (see hill). Sense of "matter written for a newspaper" dates from 1785.


n. 1 (context architecture English) A solid upright structure designed usually to support a larger structure above it, such as a roof or horizontal beam, but sometimes for decoration. 2 A vertical line of entries in a table, usually read from top to bottom. 3 A body of troops or army vehicles, usually strung out along a road. 4 A body of text meant to be read line by line, especially in printed material that has multiple adjacent such on a single page. 5 A unit of width, especially of advertisements, in a periodical, equivalent to the width of a usual column of text. 6 (label en 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. 7 Something having similar vertical form or structure to the things mentioned above, such as a spinal column.

  1. n. a line of (usually military) units following one after another

  2. 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 [syn: chromatography column]

  3. a linear array of numbers one above another

  4. 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" [syn: tower, pillar]

  5. an article giving opinions or perspectives [syn: editorial, newspaper column]

  6. a vertical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (as a monument or a column of air) [syn: pillar]

  7. (architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used to support a structure [syn: pillar]


A column or pillar in architecture and structural engineering is a structural element that transmits, through compression, the weight of the structure above to other structural elements below. In other words, a column is a compression member. The term column applies especially to a large round support (the shaft of the column) with a capital and a base or pedestal and made of stone, or appearing to be so. A small wooden or metal support is typically called a post, and supports with a rectangular or other non-round section are usually called piers. For the purpose of wind or earthquake engineering, columns may be designed to resist lateral forces. Other compression members are often termed "columns" because of the similar stress conditions. Columns are frequently used to support beams or arches on which the upper parts of walls or ceilings rest. In architecture, "column" refers to such a structural element that also has certain proportional and decorative features. A column might also be a decorative element not needed for structural purposes; many columns are "engaged", that is to say form part of a wall.

Column (botany)

The column, or technically the gynostemium, is a reproductive structure that can be found in several plant families: Aristolochiaceae, Orchidaceae, and Stylidiaceae.

It is derived from the fusion of both male and female parts ( stamens and pistil) into a single organ. This means that the style and stigma of the pistil, with the filaments and one or more anthers, are all united.

Column (periodical)

A column is a recurring piece or article in a newspaper, magazine or other publication, where a writer expresses his/her own opinion in few columns allotted to him by the newspaper organisation. Columns are written by columnists.

What differentiates a column from other forms of journalism is that is a regular feature in a publication – written by the same writer or reporter and usually on the same subject area or theme each time – and that it typically, but not universally, contains the author's opinion or point of view.

Column (disambiguation)

A column is a vertical structural element in architecture.

Column may also refer to:

  • Column (botany) or gynostemium, a part of an orchid
  • Column (database), a set of data values of a particular type in a relational database
  • Column (formation), a military formation
  • Columns (juggling), a juggling pattern
  • Column (periodical), a recurring piece or article written by a columnist
  • Column (typography), a vertical block of text positioned on a page
  • Column vector, an m × 1 matrix in linear algebra
  • Column, stalagnates (columns) in speleothems (cave formations) where stalactites merge with stalagmites
  • Columns (video game), a puzzle video game
  • "Columns" (How I Met Your Mother), a 2007 episode of How I Met Your Mother
  • Flying column, a combined arms independent military formation of a temporary nature
Column (formation)

A military column is a formation of soldiers marching together in one or more files in which the file is significantly longer than the width of ranks in the formation. The column formation allowed the unit rapid movement, a very effective charge (due to weight of numbers) or it could quickly form square to resist cavalry attacks, but by its nature only a fraction of its muskets would be able to open fire.

The previously prevalent formation, the line, offered a substantially larger musket frontage allowing for greater shooting capability but required extensive training to allow the unit to move over ground as one while retaining the line.

It is also applied by modern armies to vehicles, troops and naval vessels.

Column (typography)

In typography, a column is one or more vertical blocks of content positioned on a page, separated by gutters (vertical whitespace) or rules (thin lines, in this case vertical). Columns are most commonly used to break up large bodies of text that cannot fit in a single block of text on a page. Additionally, columns are used to improve page composition and readability. Newspapers very frequently use complex multi-column layouts to break up different stories and longer bodies of texts within a story. Column can also more generally refer to the vertical delineations created by a typographic grid system which type and image may be positioned. In page layout, the whitespace on the outside of the page (bounding the first and last columns) are known as margins; the gap between two facing pages is also considered a gutter, since there are columns on both sides. (Any gutter can also be referred to as a margin, but exterior and horizontal margins are not gutters.)

Column (data store)

A column of a distributed data store is a NoSQL object of the lowest level in a keyspace. It is a tuple (a key-value pair) consisting of three elements:

  • Unique name: Used to reference the column
  • Value: The content of the column. It can have different types, like AsciiType, LongType, TimeUUIDType, UTF8Type among others.
  • Timestamp: The system timestamp used to determine the valid content.

Usage examples of "column".

To support these and concentrate from the earliest moment as effective a fire as possible upon the works, Farragut brought his ironclads inside of the wooden vessels, and abreast the four leaders of that column.

The bigger the acceleration that the drives produce, the closer to the disk we move the living-capsule up the central column here.

In the left-hand column is a list of diseases beginning with acidosis and running through neurosis and on to ulcers, and in the right-hand column are lists of wines that will remedy the diseases on the left.

Then, on the right, you add a column of the actional options you think might satisfy each of them.

The first column read: acerbus - house adhuc - wealth adsum - jewels autem - address bellum - inspect bonum - lock The column could be read no further.

I was too awestruck to know fear, too adulatory in my awe, but I knew the open area of the beach was not safe, and I hurried away from Espinal and the motionless column of blackhearts.

In the meantime we may follow the unhappy fortunes of the small column which had, as already described, been sent out by Sir George White in order, if possible, to prevent the junction of the two Boer armies, and at the same time to threaten the right wing of the main force, which was advancing from the direction of Dundee, Sir George White throughout the campaign consistently displayed one quality which is a charming one in an individual, but may be dangerous in a commander.

Why were the men in quarter column when advancing against an unseen foe?

The passage let into a circular sanctorum, its albescent walls worked in intricate arabesques, its high vaulted ceiling held aloft by fluted alabaster columns.

Clinging to the back of his saddle, Alec looked across the bay and located the shining columns of Astellus and Sakor, his first landmarks in Skala.

To decipher, the clerk begins with the keyletter, runs in along the ciphertext alphabet until he strikes the cipher letter, then follows the column of letters upward until he emerges at the plaintext letter at the top.

The apocryphal stories typically acquire the status of fact by neurotic repetition in Maureen Dowd columns.

It looked as if we were walking right against the towering ice wall, but when we were within a yard or two of it a narrow cleft, only eighteen inches wide, and wonderfully masked by an ice column, showed to the left, and into this we squeezed ourselves, the entrance by which we had come appearing to close up instantly we had gone a pace or two, so perfectly did the ice walls match each other.

Each one of the stones in the immense building, the little columns in the windows, the bell-towers of its piers, the flying buttresses of its apse, all have a murmur which I can distinguish, a language which I understand.

The space between the internal and the external layers of the arachnoid membrane of the brain is much smaller than that enclosed by the corresponding layers of the arachnoid membrane of the spinal column.