meaning 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.
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.
A body of troops formed in ranks, one behind the other; -- contradistinguished from line. Compare Ploy, and Deploy.
A small army.
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.
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.
A perpendicular line of figures.
The body formed by the union of the stamens in the Mallow family, or of the stamens and pistil in the orchids.

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