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column

noun [C]  /ˈkɑl·əm/ us  

column noun [C] (BUILDING)

a tall, vertical post used as a support for the roof of a building or for decoration A column is also anything or any set of things having a long, narrow shape: a column of soldiers a column of smoke

column noun [C] (PRINTING)

one of several vertical blocks of print into which a page of a newspaper or magazine is divided: The article filled two columns. A column is also a piece of writing in a newspaper or magazine that is written by the same person and appears regularly, usually on a particular subject: a column on sports A column is also any vertical block of words or numbers: a column of figures
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