Definitions of column

  1. 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
  2. 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"
  3. a tall cylindrical vertical upright
  4. a vertical structure standing alone and not supporting anything ( as a monument or a column of air)
  5. an article giving opinions or perspectives
  6. a line of ( usually military) units following one after another
  7. ( architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used to support a structure
  8. 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.
  9. 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 Vendome; the spinal column.
  10. A small army.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. A perpendicular line of figures.
  14. The body formed by the union of the stamens in the Mallow family, or of the stamens and pistil in the orchids.
  15. A round pillar to support or adorn a building; a division of the page of a book, etc.; a formation of a body of troops or ships; anything suggestive of a column or shaft; as, a column of figures.
  16. Columnar.
  17. A long, round body, used to support or adorn a building: any upright body or mass like a column: a body of troops drawn up in deep files: a perpendicular row of lines in a book.
  18. A pillar; shaft; body of troops drawn up in files; perpendicular row of printed lines.
  19. A pillar; a prop or support.
  20. A vertical series of lines, words, figures, or the like.
  21. A long array of troops with narrow front; a fleet in single file.
  22. A long round body of wood or stone used to support or adorn a building, composed of a base, a shaft, and a capital; anything resembling a column pressing perpendicularly on its base, and of the same diameter as its base, as a column of mercury; a large body of troops drawn up in deep files; a row; a perpendicular section of a page in printing, or a line of figures in arithmetic; the stamen of a plant, when the filaments are united into a tube around the styles.
  23. A pillar or shaft used to adorn or support a building; any body pressing downwards perpendicularly on its base and of the same diameter as the base, as a column of water, air, or mercury; a body of troops drawn up in deep files; a division of the page of a book; a perpendicular line of figures; in bot., the solid body formed by the union of the styles and filaments in some plants.

Usage examples for column

  1. That was the way it was planned from the beginning, and we think we could prove it, if this column were six feet longer. – Editorials-from-the-Hearst-Newspapers by Brisbane, Arthur
  2. And we all woke out of it when, with the pink dawn of a certain morning, we saw a vast temple, repeated column for column, in the clear river, as in a mirror of glass. – It Happened in Egypt by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  3. A column of blue smoke moved straight and thin from the chimney of his father's and mother's room. – The Reign of Law A Tale of the Kentucky Hemp Fields by James Lane Allen
  4. She's eight feet square at the base, built of the native rock right on the island, then three feet of granite, then a ten- foot column. – Oregon, Washington and Alaska; Sights and Scenes for the Tourist by E. L. Lomax
  5. A mounted officer rode back, and as he did so the column divided, leaving a passage in the centre of the road. – Jack Archer by G. A. Henty
  6. There's a chance that you'll start south with a column within two days. – Red Fleece by Will Levington Comfort
  7. " Yes, they told me to get a column and a half out of him on his chances of election. – Loaded Dice by Ellery H. Clark
  8. The column, headed by Lieutenant- Colonel von Wreden, commenced moving. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  9. " Nick Hilliard of California Makes Hotel Thief Feel Small," was the heading of a conspicuous half- column which caught her eye. – The Port of Adventure by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  10. Putting his arm around her shoulders, he led her to the fallen column, and they sat there side by side. – The Proud Prince by Justin Huntly McCarthy
  11. " Madam," said he, " do you belong to this column?" – Love, The Fiddler by Lloyd Osbourne
  12. It was then that the Nurse walked to the table and recorded " Delirious" in the symptom column. – Love Stories by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  13. " Yes," replied his father, " but then the column of it is very high." – Rollo's Philosophy. [Air] by Jacob Abbott
  14. Early in the morning, Father Claude went out to find Tegakwita, and learn what news had come in during the night of the French column. – The Road to Frontenac by Samuel Merwin
  15. If the column means energy because it makes us tower, then the picture must mean what it makes us do. – The Psychology of Beauty by Ethel D. Puffer
  16. We are on the right of the column. – With Rimington by L. March Phillipps
  17. The beautiful and picturesque fall of the Rhine below Schaffhausen, where the water falls sixty- five feet in a single column, is the admiration of all travelers. – The Falls of Niagara and Other Famous Cataracts by George W. Holley
  18. Our centre, where we have the column of last night's attack still concentrated! – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  19. Springing to my feet, what was my horror to see, close to me, a mass of dark water and mud rising up in the shape of a column! – In the Rocky Mountains by W. H. G. Kingston
  20. But her form was slim and erect as a column of cigarette smoke in still air, and I knew that she could dance like a fragment of mist on water. – The Ideal by Stanley Grauman Weinbaum