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Definitions of columnar

  1. characterized by columns; " columnar construction"
  2. Formed in columns; having the form of a column or columns; like the shaft of a column.
  3. Formed in columns: having the form of a column.
  4. Formed in columns.
  5. The central pillar round which a spiral shell is wound; in anat., the central part of the cochlea of the ear.
  6. A column or columna.

Usage examples for columnar

  1. Down the wide steps between the two columnar lights- exactly as on that other evening when it had all begun- came shambling the loose figure of Uncle Oliver Wing. – Angela's Business by Henry Sydnor Harrison
  2. 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. – A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson
  3. The green sward was dotted with columnar red cedars, growing to a height of thirty feet, with a diameter of two or two and a half all the way, straight as a pillar. – Pine Needles by Susan Bogert Warner
  4. If, at times, I dream behind all this a grove, with now and then one of its broad, steepling or columnar trees pushed forward upon the lawn, it is only there that I see anything so stalwart as a pine or so rigid as a spruce. – The Amateur Garden by George W. Cable
  5. When conditions become favourable for development a cavity appears near one end of the mass and the cells that form its walls assume a columnar form in vertical section. – Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa by Nelson Annandale
  6. There is something of columnar majesty in the lofty flanks of these tall shops and hotels as you approach them, which makes you think of some capital decked for a national holiday. – Imaginary Interviews by W. D. Howells
  7. Ideas of the temple and of the fortified town must have spread from the East, the square- roomed house, columnar orders, fine masonry, were all Egyptian. – The Evolution of the Dragon by G. Elliot Smith
  8. The starch so obtained, when dried in the sun, or by a stove, is usually concreted into small masses of a long figure and columnar shape, which have a fine white colour, scarcely any smell, and very little taste. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  9. It hung poised as had that other nightmare shape, standing out jet black and colossal, rearing upon columnar legs, whose outlines were those of alternate enormous angled arrow- points and lunettes. – The Metal Monster by A. Merritt
  10. These are the columnar masses of rock which form the face of Salisbury Crags. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  11. Even where the landscape- view is cut off by high woods the forms of ancient trees- the infinite interwreathing of vine growths all on fire with violence of blossom- color,- the enormous green outbursts of balisiers, with leaves ten to thirteen feet long,- the columnar solemnity of great palmistes,- the pliant quivering exqisiteness of bamboo,- the furious splendor of roses run mad - more than atone for the loss of the horizon. – Two Years in the French West Indies by Lafcadio Hearn
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