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colon1

[koh-luh n] /ˈkoʊ lən/
noun, plural colons for 1, cola
[koh-luh] /ˈkoʊ lə/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
1.
the sign (:) used to mark a major division in a sentence, to indicate that what follows is an elaboration, summation, implication, etc., of what precedes; or to separate groups of numbers referring to different things, as hours from minutes in 5:30; or the members of a ratio or proportion, as in 1 : 2 = 3 : 6.
2.
Classical Prosody. one of the members or sections of a rhythmical period, consisting of a sequence of from two to six feet united under a principal ictus or beat.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin < Greek kôlon limb, member, clause

colon2

[koh-luh n] /ˈkoʊ lən/
noun, plural colons, cola
[koh-luh] /ˈkoʊ lə/ (Show IPA)
1.
Anatomy. the part of the large intestine extending from the cecum to the rectum.
2.
Zoology. the portion of the digestive tract that is posterior to the stomach or gizzard and extends to the rectum.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin < Greek kólon large intestine

colon3

[koh-lohn; Spanish kaw-lawn] /koʊˈloʊn; Spanish kɔˈlɔn/
noun, plural colons Spanish, colones
[kaw-law-nes] /kɔˈlɔ nɛs/ (Show IPA)
1.
the paper monetary unit of El Salvador, equal to 100 centavos.
Abbreviation: C.
2.
a cupronickel or steel coin and monetary unit of Costa Rica, equal to 100 centimos.
Origin
1890-95; < American Spanish, after (Cristobal) Colón (Christopher) Columbus

colon4

[koh-lon, kuh-lon] /ˈkoʊ lɒn, kəˈlɒn/
noun
1.
a colonial farmer or plantation owner, especially in Algeria.
Origin
1600-10, in sense “husbandmen”; 1955-60 in present sense; < French < Latin colōnus colonist

Colón

[koh-lon; Spanish kaw-lawn] /koʊˈlɒn; Spanish kɔˈlɔn/
noun
1.
a seaport in Panama at the Atlantic end of the Panama Canal.
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Examples from the web for colon
  • Oh, and above, that's a colon placed properly within a parenthesis not a smiley.
  • The rotten egg stink of flatulence has been traced to gas generated by bacteria living in the human colon.
  • It also helps for combating colon and prostate cancer and has many other benefits.
  • But much is left undigested by the time it reaches the colon.
  • It is common to have colon or rectal cancer without symptoms.
  • Flexible fiber-optic scopes are typically used to examine or treat ailments of organs such as the throat and colon.
  • The alternative therapy of colon cleansing typically does little good, and may cause significant harm.
  • Implantation under the skin would be trivial, allowing you to easily swap info with your walls or colon.
  • colon and rectal cancers can be detected early using the screening tests discussed below.
  • He suffered a scorched colon and is now recovering in hospital, where his condition is described as stable.
British Dictionary definitions for colon

colon1

/ˈkəʊlən/
noun
1.
(pl) -lons. the punctuation mark :, usually preceding an explanation or an example of what has gone before, a list, or an extended quotation
2.
(pl) -lons. this mark used for certain other purposes, such as expressions of time, as in 2:45 p.m., or when a ratio is given in figures, as in 5:3
3.
(pl) -la (-lə). (in classical prosody) a part of a rhythmic period with two to six feet and one principal accent or ictus
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from Greek kōlon limb, hence part of a strophe, clause of a sentence

colon2

/ˈkəʊlən/
noun (pl) -lons, -la (-lə)
1.
the part of the large intestine between the caecum and the rectum
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: large intestine, from Greek kolon

colon3

/kəˈlɒn; French kɔlɔ̃/
noun
1.
a colonial farmer or plantation owner, esp in a French colony
Word Origin
French: colonist, from Latin colōnus, from colere to till, inhabit

colón

/kəʊˈləʊn; Spanish koˈlon/
noun (pl) -lons, -lones (Spanish) (-ˈlones)
1.
the standard monetary unit of Costa Rica, divided into 100 céntimos
2.
the former standard monetary unit of El Salvador, divided into 100 centavos; replaced by the US dollar in 2001
Word Origin
C19: American Spanish, from Spanish, after Cristóbal Colón Christopher Columbus

Colón

/kɒˈlɒn; Spanish koˈlɔn/
noun
1.
a port in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal. Chief Caribbean port. Pop: 157 000 (2005 est) Former name Aspinwall
2.
Archipiélago de Colón (ˌartʃiˈpjelaɣo ðe) the official name of the Galápagos Islands
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Word Origin and History for colon
n.

punctuation mark, 1540s, from Latin colon "part of a poem," from Greek kolon (with a long initial -o-) "part of a verse," literally "limb," from PIE root *(s)kel- "to bend, crooked" (see scalene). Meaning evolved from "independent clause" to punctuation mark that sets it off.

"large intestine," late 14c., from Greek kolon (with a short initial -o-) "large intestine, food, meat," of unknown origin.

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colon in Medicine

colon co·lon (kō'lən)
n. pl. co·lons or co·la (-lə)
The division of the large intestine extending from the cecum to the rectum.


co·lon'ic (kə-lŏn'ĭk) adj.
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colon in Science
colon
  (kō'lən)   
The longest part of the large intestine, extending from the cecum to the rectum. Water and electrolytes are absorbed, solidified, and prepared for elimination as feces in the colon. The colon also contains bacteria that help in the body's absorption of nutrients from digested material.
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colon in Culture

colon definition


A punctuation mark (:) used to introduce a description, an explanation, or a list. For example, “She would own only one kind of pet: a Siamese cat” and “The little boy announced that he wanted the following for his birthday: two sweaters, a new tent, and three toy cars.”

colon definition


The middle and longest part of the large intestine. (See digestive system.)

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colon in Technology

character
":" ASCII character 58. Common names: ITU-T: colon. Rare: dots; INTERCAL: two-spot.
(1995-09-25)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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