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English definition of “column”


noun [C]     /ˈkɒləm/
TALL POST B2 a tall , solid , usually stone post which is used to support a roof or as decoration in a building : a stone / marble columnArchitectureArches, columns and beams
NEWSPAPER a regular article in a newspaper or magazine on a particular subject or by the same writer Headlines and features in newspapers and magazines
PRINT B2 one of the blocks of print into which a page of a newspaper , magazine , or dictionary is divided Headlines and features in newspapers and magazines
NUMBERS ETC any block of numbers or words written one under the otherThings collected in lines or rings
a column of sth something with a tall , narrow shape : A column of smoke rose from the chimney .Things collected in lines or rings
PEOPLE MOVING a long line of moving people or vehicles : a column of refugees → See also gossip columnThings collected in lines or rings
(Definition of column noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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