a rigid, relatively slender, upright support, composed of relatively few pieces.
a decorative pillar, most often composed of stone and typically having a cylindrical or polygonal shaft with a capital and usually a base.
any columnlike object, mass, or formation:
a column of smoke.
a vertical row or list:
Add this column of figures.
a vertical arrangement on a page of horizontal lines of type, usually typographically justified:
There are three columns on this page.
a regular feature or series of articles in a newspaper, magazine, or the like, usually having a readily identifiable heading and the byline of the writer or editor, that reports or comments upon a particular field of interest, as politics, theater, or etiquette, or which may contain letters from readers, answers to readers' queries, etc.
a long, narrow formation of troops in which there are more members in line in the direction of movement than at right angles to the direction (distinguished from line).
a formation of ships in single file.
Botany. a columnlike structure in an orchid flower, composed of the united stamens and style.
1. Column, pillar refer to upright supports in architectural structures. Pillar is the general word: the pillars supporting the roof. A column is a particular kind of pillar, especially one with an identifiable shaft, base, and capital: columns of the Corinthian order.
c.1440, "vertical division of a page," from O.Fr. colombe, from L. columna "pillar," collateral form of columen "top, summit," from PIE base *kel- "to project" (see hill). Sense of "matter written for a newspaper" dates from 1785. Literal, architectural sense is attested from 1481.
1. A named slice through a databasetable that includes the same field of each row. For example, a telephone directory table might have a row for each person with a name column and a telephone number column. 2. A line of memory cells in a dynamic random-access memory, that is selected by a particular column address. (2007-10-12)