Meaning of COLUMN in English



Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A ~ is a tall, often decorated cylinder of stone which is built to honour someone or forms part of a building.

...a London landmark, Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.

= pillar



A ~ is something that has a tall narrow shape.

The explosion sent a ~ of smoke thousands of feet into the air.

N-COUNT: usu N of n


A ~ is a group of people or animals which moves in a long line.

There were reports of ~s of military vehicles appearing on the streets.

N-COUNT: usu N of n


On a printed page such as a page of a dictionary, newspaper, or printed chart, a ~ is one of two or more vertical sections which are read downwards.

We had stupidly been looking at the wrong ~ of figures...



In a newspaper or magazine, a ~ is a section that is always written by the same person or is always about the same topic.

She also writes a regular ~ for the Times Educational Supplement.

N-COUNT: usu supp N


see also agony ~ , gossip ~ , personal ~ , spinal ~ , steering ~

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