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column

noun [C] uk   /ˈkɒl.əm/ us    /ˈkɑː.ləm/

column noun [C] (PRINTING)

B2 one of several vertical blocks of print into which a page of a newspaper or magazine is divided: I didn't have time to read the whole article - just the first column. a piece of writing in a newspaper or magazine, usually on a particular subject, that is always written by the same person and appears regularly: She writes a weekly fashion/gossip column for the Evening Standard.C1 any vertical block of words or numbers: Add the column of figures and divide the sum by three.
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column noun [C] (BUILDING)

B2 a tall, vertical stone post, used as a support for a roof or in classical buildings (= in the style of ancient Greece or Rome) for decoration, or standing alone as a monument (= a symbol of respect for a special person or event): The roof of the temple was held up by a row of thick stone columns. Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square
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column of sth something with a tall narrow shape: A column of smoke rose from the chimney. a line of moving people or vehicles: a column of refugees
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