1. [syn: columniform, columnar, columnlike]
2. characterized by columns;
- Example: "columnar construction"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: having the form of a column; "trees with columniform
trunks"; "columnar forms"; "a columnlike tree trunk"
[syn: columniform, columnar, columnlike]
2: characterized by columns; "columnar construction"