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Columnar \Co*lum"nar\, a. [L. columnaris, fr. columna.] Formed in columns; having the form of a column or columns; like the shaft of a column.

Columnar epithelium (Anat.), epithelium in which the cells are prismatic in form, and set upright on the surface they cover.

Columnar structure (Geol.), a structure consisting of more or less regular columns, usually six-sided, but sometimes with eight or more sides. The columns are often fractured transversely, with a cup joint, showing a concave surface above. This structure is characteristic of certain igneous rocks, as basalt, and is due to contraction in cooling.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1728, from Late Latin columnaris "rising in the form of a pillar," from columna "column" (see column).


a. 1 Having the shape of a column. 2 constructed with columns.

  1. adj. having the form of a column; "trees with columned trunks"; "columnar forms"; "a columnlike tree trunk" [syn: columniform, columnlike]

  2. characterized by columns; "columnar construction"

Columnar (disambiguation)

Columnar is a type of epithelial cell.

Columnar may also refer to:

  • Columnar Valley

Usage examples of "columnar".

Arms snicked from its sides and raised the man effortlessly to a seat beside the columnar body, legs spread around it.

Eastward the russet level is broken by the columnar silhouette of the light house, and again, beyond it, by some puny scrub timber, above which rises the angular ruddy mass of the old brick fort, whose ditches swarm with crabs, and whose sluiceways are half choked by obsolete cannon-shot, now thickly covered with incrustation of oyster shells.

He seems to have enjoyed some success in solving the Japanese ciphers, which appear to have been columnar transposition of the kana symbols.

Yet, on contemplation, Maia realized she knew next to nothing about the chain of seamounts, whose massive roots of columnar crystal erupted from the ocean crust far below, rising to pierce surface waves and bite off hearty portions of sky.

When we had satisfied our curiosity in the cave, so far as our penury of light permitted us, we clambered again to our boat, and proceeded along the coast of Mull to a headland, called Atun, remarkable for the columnar form of the rocks, which rise in a series of pilasters, with a degree of regularity, which Sir Allan thinks not less worthy of curiosity than the shore of Staffa.

But at the last moment the intruder backstepped, suddenly nimble on its columnar legs that until now had moved so slowly.

There were no trees here, only a series of columnar projections, almost like miniature clay towers, leading out into what looked like a cleared and leveled field stretching ahead of them.

Their huge columnar trunks were each wider than the great main gate of the Citadel, forming hushed green arcades lit by slanting golden sunbeams.

More than a wave, but a great columnar upwelling that took within itself the power of many waves.

The display on the conference room wall changed to reveal a densely packed columnar arrangement of numbers.

Once he'd made that conceptual leap, it wasn't long before he came up with the idea of selling advertising space on the damn things, chopstick handles and Chinese columnar script being a perfect match.

The peaks, tors, and logging-stones of Bijanugger and Annegundi indent the horizon in picturesque confusion, and are scarcely to be distinguished from the more artificial ruins of the ancient metropolis of the Deccan, which are usually constructed with blocks quarried from their sides, and vie in grotesqueness of outline and massiveness of character with the alternate airiness and solidity exhibited by nature in the nicely-poised logging stones and columnar piles, and in the walls of prodigious cuboidal blocks of granite which often crest and top her massive domes and ridges in natural cyclopean masonry.

David, secured at the crotch and upward along Michelangelo's columnar structure over the strong chest, swayed only along the distance of the slip knots.

There was the debris, of course, but surrounding it was evidence of the interior columnar structure that on the surface broke into the segments that later became the Singing Stones.

Dom drove over barren plains and hills bearded with scrub, through an uninviting yet starkly beautiful primeval world of sagebrush, sand, alkaline flats, dry lakes, solidified lava beds with columnar crystallizations, distant mountains.