[syn: column, pillar]
8. a page or text that is vertically divided;
- Example: "the newspaper devoted several columns to the subject"
- Example: "the bookkeeper used pages that were divided into columns"
9. any tubular or pillar-like supporting structure in the body;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
(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
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.
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a line of 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: column,
3: a vertical array of numbers or other information; "he added a
column of numbers"
4: anything that approximates 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: column, tower, pillar]
5: an article giving opinions or perspectives [syn: column,
editorial, newspaper column]
6: a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not
supporting anything (such as a monument) [syn: column,
7: (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing
upright and used to support a structure [syn: column,
8: a page or text that is vertically divided; "the newspaper
devoted several columns to the subject"; "the bookkeeper used
pages that were divided into columns"
9: any tubular or pillar-like supporting structure in the body
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
212 Moby Thesaurus words for "column":
KP, antenna tower, arcade, arch, army, army group, article, atlas,
baluster, balustrade, banister, barbican, barrel, barrow, base,
battalion, battery, battle group, belfry, bell tower, bole, book,
boundary stone, brace, brass, brigade, bust, buttress, cadre,
cairn, campanile, caravan, caryatid, cask, cavalcade, cenotaph,
chapter, clause, cohort, colonnade, colonnette, colossus,
combat command, combat team, company, corps, cortege, cromlech,
cross, cup, cupola, cyclolith, cylinder, cylindroid, dado, derrick,
detachment, detail, die, division, dolmen, dome, dress parade,
drum, fascicle, field army, field train, file, fire tower,
flying column, flyover, footstalk, footstone, funeral, garrison,
grave, gravestone, headstone, hoarstone, inscription, installment,
jack, kitchen police, lantern, legion, lighthouse, line, livraison,
maniple, march past, marker, martello, martello tower, mast,
mausoleum, megalith, memento, memorial, memorial arch,
memorial column, memorial statue, memorial stone, menhir, minaret,
monolith, monument, motorcade, mound, mule train, necrology,
newel-post, obelisk, obituary, observation tower, organization,
outfit, pack train, pagoda, parade, paragraph, part, passage,
pedestal, pedicel, peduncle, peristyle, phalanx, phrase, pier,
pilaster, pile, piling, pillar, pinnacle, pipe, plaque, platoon,
plinth, pole, pomp, portico, posse, post, prize, procession,
promenade, prop, pylon, pyramid, queen-post, rank, regiment,
reliquary, remembrance, review, ribbon, roll, roller,
rostral column, rouleau, section, serial, shaft, shore, shrine,
skimmington, skyscraper, socle, spire, squad, squadron, staff,
stalk, stanchion, stand, standard, standpipe, stay, steeple, stela,
stem, stone, stream, string, stupa, subbase, surbase, tablet,
tactical unit, task force, telamon, television mast, testimonial,
tomb, tombstone, tope, tour, tower, train, troop, trophy, trunk,
tube, turret, underpinning, unit, upright, verse, volume,
water tower, windmill tower, wing
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
1. A named slice through a database table that
includes the same field of each row. For example, a
telephone directory table might have a row for each person
with a name column and a telephone number column.
2. A line of memory cells in a dynamic
random-access memory, that is selected by a particular column