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Definition of Column


  1. A kind of pillar; a cylindrical or polygonal support for a roof, ceiling, statue, etc., somewhat ornamented, and usually composed of base, shaft, and capital. See Order.
  2. Anything resembling, in form or position, a column in architecture; an upright body or mass; a shaft or obelisk; as, a column of air, of water, of mercury, etc.; the Column Vendome; the spinal column.
  3. A body of troops formed in ranks, one behind the other; -- contradistinguished from line. Compare Ploy, and Deploy.
  4. A small army.
  5. A number of ships so arranged as to follow one another in single or double file or in squadrons; -- in distinction from "line", where they are side by side.
  6. A perpendicular set of lines, not extending across the page, and separated from other matter by a rule or blank space; as, a column in a newspaper.
  7. A perpendicular line of figures.
  8. The body formed by the union of the stamens in the Mallow family, or of the stamens and pistil in the orchids.

Column Quotations

Newspaper readership is declining like crazy. In fact, there's a good chance that nobody is reading my column.
Dave Barry

Never in our country's history have we witnessed a natural disaster that has impacted so many people in such a wide area. In fact, as of the writing of this column, millions of people along the Gulf Coast have been displaced from their homes in a period of only five days.
Jo Bonner

Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine.
Walter Cronkite

A good column is one that sells paper. It doesn't matter how beautifully it is written and how much you admire the author... if it doesn't sell any papers, it's not a good column. It's a terrible yardstick to use, but in the newspaper business, that's the whole thing.
Herb Caen

When I was writing my column, I would almost always be recognized when I was in a restaurant, even if I was reviewing it and had booked under a fake name, so free stuff would start coming out of the kitchen on a conveyer belt, fantastic wines would be opened at my table. Now I can't even get a reservation on the pizza joint on the corner.
Toby Young
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Column Translations

column in Afrikaans is kolom, rubriek
column in Dutch is kolom, steunpilaar, pilaar, colonne
column in French is fissure, colonne, file, rubrique, pilier
column in German is Druckspalte, Spalte
column in Italian is colonna, spaccature
column in Portuguese is coluna
column in Spanish is columna, fisura
column in Swedish is kolumn, pelare, kolonn
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