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English noun: column

1. column (group) a line of units following one after another


Broader (hypernym)file, Indian file, single file


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

2. column (artifact) a vertical glass tube used in column chromatography; a mixture is poured in the top and washed through a stationary substance where components of the mixture are adsorbed selectively to form colored bands


Synonymschromatography column


Broader (hypernym)tube, tubing

3. column (group) a vertical array of numbers or other information


SamplesHe added a column of numbers.


Broader (hypernym)array


Member meronymtable, tabular array

4. column (shape) anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower


SamplesThe test tube held a column of white powder.
A tower of dust rose above the horizon.
A thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite.


Synonymspillar, tower


Broader (hypernym)form, shape


Narrower (hyponym)columella, hoodoo

5. column (communication) an article giving opinions or perspectives


Synonymseditorial, newspaper column


Broader (hypernym)article


Narrower (hyponym)agony column


Part meronymnewspaper, paper

6. column (artifact) a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)


Synonymspillar


Broader (hypernym)construction, structure


Narrower (hyponym)obelisk, totem pole

7. column (artifact) (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure


Synonymspillar


Broader (hypernym)upright, vertical


Narrower (hyponym)atlas, caryatid, newel, pilaster, pile, piling, spile, stilt, support column, telamon


Part holonymcap, capital, chapiter, entasis, footstall, pedestal, plinth, scape, shaft


Part meronymtemple


Domain categoryarchitecture

8. column (communication) a page or text that is vertically divided


SamplesThe newspaper devoted several columns to the subject.
The bookkeeper used pages that were divided into columns.


Broader (hypernym)text, textual matter

9. column (body) any tubular or pillar-like supporting structure in the body


Broader (hypernym)skeletal structure









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