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Definition of Column

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

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

Once I was in a cafe in Portland and the woman at the next table and I began chatting and in the course of our conversation she strongly recommend I visit this web site called 'The Rumpus' so I could read this advice column called 'Dear Sugar.' It was so painful not to tell her that in fact I was Sugar, but I didn't.
Cheryl Strayed

I find interesting characters or lessons that resonate with people and sometimes I write about them in the sports pages, sometimes I write them in a column, sometimes in a novel, sometimes a play or sometimes in nonfiction. But at the core I always say to myself, 'Is there a story here? Is this something people want to read?'
Mitch Albom

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

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
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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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