column ( columns plural )
1 n-count A column is a tall, often decorated cylinder of stone which is built to honour someone or forms part of a building.
...a London landmark, Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.
2 n-count A column is something that has a tall narrow shape.
usu N of n
The explosion sent a column of smoke thousands of feet into the air.
3 n-count A column is a group of people or animals which moves in a long line.
usu N of n
There were reports of columns of military vehicles appearing on the streets.
4 n-count On a printed page such as a page of a dictionary, newspaper, or printed chart, a column is one of two or more vertical sections which are read downwards.
We had stupidly been looking at the wrong column of figures...
5 n-count In a newspaper or magazine, a column is a section that is always written by the same person or is always about the same topic.
usu supp N
She also writes a regular column for the Times Educational Supplement.
agony column →
gossip column →
personal column →
spinal column →
advice column ( advice columns plural ) In a newspaper or magazine, the advice column contains letters from readers about their personal problems, and advice on what to do about them.
in BRIT, use agony column
agony column ( agony columns plural ) In a British newspaper or magazine, the agony column contains letters from readers about their personal problems, and advice on what to do about them.
in AM, use advice column
gossip column ( gossip columns plural ) A gossip column is a part of a newspaper or magazine where the activities and private lives of famous people are discussed. n-count
The jet-setting couple made frequent appearances in the gossip columns.
gossip columnist ( gossip columnists plural) n-count
...a Hollywood gossip columnist.
personal column ( personal columns plural ) The personal column in a newspaper or magazine contains messages for individual people and advertisements of a private nature.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
in AM, usually use personals
spinal column ( spinal columns plural ) Your spinal column is your spine. n-count
steering column ( steering columns plural ) In a car or other vehicle, the steering column is the rod on which the steering wheel is fixed. n-count