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n. (Arch.) 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 Vendôme; the spinal column.


 - (Mil.) (a) A body of troops formed in ranks, one behind the other; - contradistinguished from line. Compare Ploy, and Deploy. (b) A small army.


 - (Naut.) 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.


 - (Print.) 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.


 - (Arith.) A perpendicular line of figures.


 - (Bot.) The body formed by the union of the stamens in the Mallow family, or of the stamens and pistil in the orchids.


 - Attached column. See ...

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