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col

[kol; French kawl] /kɒl; French kɔl/
noun, plural cols
[kolz; French kawl] /kɒlz; French kɔl/ (Show IPA)
1.
Physical Geography. a pass or depression in a mountain range or ridge.
2.
Meteorology. the region of relatively low pressure between two anticyclones.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < French < Latin collum neck

COL

1.
cost of living.

col-1

1.
variant of com- before l: collateral.

col-2

1.
variant of colo- before a vowel:
colectomy.

Col.

col.1

1.
(in prescriptions) strain.
Origin
< Latin colā

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Examples from the web for col
  • The concept of leaderless resistance was reportedly developed by col.
  • The naming of the town was left to the toss of a coin between col.
British Dictionary definitions for col

col

/kɒl; French kɔl/
noun
1.
the lowest point of a ridge connecting two mountain peaks, often constituting a pass
2.
(meteorol) a pressure region between two anticyclones and two depressions, associated with variable weather
Word Origin
C19: from French: neck, col, from Latin collum neck

col-1

prefix
1.
a variant of com- collateral

col-2

prefix
1.
a variant of colo- colectomy

col.

abbreviation
1.
column

Col.

abbreviation
1.
Colombia(n)
2.
Colonel
3.
(Bible) Colossians
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Word Origin and History for col

col-

form of Latin com- before stems beginning in -l- (see com-).

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col in Medicine

col (kŏl)
n.
A craterlike area of the interproximal oral mucosa joining the lingual and buccal interdental papillae.

col- 1
pref.
Variant of com-.

col- 2
pref.
Variant of colo-.

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Related Abbreviations for col

Col

colonial

COL

  1. Colorado Rockies
  2. Columba (constellation)
  3. computer-oriented language
  4. cost of living
  5. Council on Ocean Law

col.

  1. collect
  2. college
  3. colony
  4. colophon
  5. color
  6. column

Col.

  1. Colombia
  2. Colombian
  3. colonel
  4. Colorado
  5. Colossians
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