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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)


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


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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