a rigid, relatively slender, upright support, composed of relatively few pieces.
a decorative pillar, most often composed of stone and typically having a cylindrical or polygonal shaft with a capital and usually a base.
any columnlike object, mass, or formation:a column of smoke.
a vertical row or list:Add this column of figures.
a vertical arrangement on a page of horizontal lines of type, usually typographically justified:There are three columns on this page.
Journalisma regular feature or series of articles in a newspaper, magazine, or the like, usually having a readily identifiable heading and the byline of the writer or editor, that reports or comments upon a particular field of interest, as politics, theater, or etiquette, or which may contain letters from readers, answers to readers' queries, etc.
Militarya long, narrow formation of troops in which there are more members in line in the direction of movement than at right angles to the direction (distinguished from line).
Militarya formation of ships in single file.
Botanya columnlike structure in an orchid flower, composed of the united stamens and style.
Latin, as above
Latin columna, equivalent. to colum(e)n peak + -a feminine ending; akin to excel; replacing late Middle English colompne
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedColumn,pillar refer to upright supports in architectural structures. Pillar is the general word:the pillars supporting the roof.A column is a particular kind of pillar, esp. one with an identifiable shaft, base, and capital:columns of the Corinthian order.