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 vertical structure standing alone and not supporting anything ( as a monument or a column of air)
  4. an article giving opinions or perspectives
  5. a line of ( usually military) units following one after another
  6. ( architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used to support a structure
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. A small army.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. A perpendicular line of figures.
  13. The body formed by the union of the stamens in the Mallow family, or of the stamens and pistil in the orchids.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. A pillar; shaft; body of troops drawn up in files; perpendicular row of printed lines.
  17. A pillar; a prop or support.
  18. A vertical series of lines, words, figures, or the like.
  19. A long array of troops with narrow front; a fleet in single file.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.