Meaning of “column” in the English Dictionary

"column" in British English

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columnnoun [ 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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(Definition of “column” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"column" in American English

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columnnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɑl·əm/

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

(Definition of “column” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"column" in Business English

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columnnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒləm/ us written abbreviation col.

a vertical block of printed text on a page of a newspaper or magazine:

The article appears in the second column on page two.

a piece of writing in a newspaper or magazine which is always written by the same person and appears regularly, usually on a particular subject:

She continued to write her column until shortly before her death.

GRAPHS & CHARTS, ACCOUNTING a vertical block of words or numbers:

Reading from left to right, the first four columns depict transactions with customers.

(Definition of “column” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)