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  ( 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.   (=pillar)  
...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  
    steering 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.  
  (AM)      n-count  
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.  
  (BRIT)      n-count   (=advice column)  
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  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    cavalcade, file, line, list, procession, queue, rank, row, string, train  
2    caryatid, obelisk, pilaster, pillar, post, shaft, support, upright  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
a column of air whirling around and towards a more or less vertical axis of low pressure, which moves along the land or ocean surface
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