Someone who writes a column for a newspaper provides an article that expresses his or her viewpoint on a regular basis, such as a column about local politics which appears in the Sunday edition.

If your boss says, “I’m going to give you a column!” you may be getting a regular writing gig, or you may be getting a large pillar typically used to support a building. (You’ll know which it is when you see it.)Column also refers to something that resembles a pillar or stack, such as a column of smoke, or columns of numbers that must be added. Column also describes lines of text that form long rectangles on a page, separated by a thin line of space.

Definitions of column
  1. noun
    a line of units following one after another
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    type of:
    Indian file, file, single file
    a line of persons or things ranged one behind the other
  2. noun
    a vertical array of numbers or other information
    “he added a column of numbers”
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    type of:
    an orderly arrangement
  3. noun
    a vertical cylindrical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (such as a monument)
    synonyms: pillar
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    Washington Monument
    a stone obelisk built in Washington in 1884 to honor George Washington; 555 feet tall
    a stone pillar having a rectangular cross section tapering towards a pyramidal top
    totem pole
    a tribal emblem consisting of a pillar carved and painted with totemic figures; erected by Indian tribes of the northwest Pacific coast
    type of:
    construction, structure
    a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts
  4. noun
    (architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
    synonyms: pillar
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    atlas, telamon
    a figure of a man used as a supporting column
    a supporting column carved in the shape of a person
    the central pillar of a circular staircase
    a rectangular column that usually projects about a third of its width from the wall to which it is attached
    pile, piling, spile, stilt
    a column of wood or steel or concrete that is driven into the ground to provide support for a structure
    support column
    a column that supports a heavy weight
    lally, lally column
    support column consisting of a steel cylinder filled with concrete
    sheath pile, sheet pile, sheet piling
    a pile in a row of piles driven side by side to retain earth or prevent seepage
    type of:
    upright, vertical
    a vertical structural member as a post or stake
  5. noun
    anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower
    “the test tube held a column of white powder”
    synonyms: pillar, tower
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    a small column (or structure resembling a column) that is a part of a plant or animal
    (geology) a column of weathered and unusually shaped rock
    type of:
    form, shape
    the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
  6. noun
    any tubular or pillar-like supporting structure in the body
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    skeletal structure
    any structure created by the skeleton of an organism
  7. noun
    a page or text that is vertically divided
    “the newspaper devoted several columns to the subject”
    “the bookkeeper used pages that were divided into columns
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    type of:
    text, textual matter
    the words of something written
  8. noun
    a vertical glass tube used in column chromatography; a mixture is poured in the top and washed through a stationary substance where components of the mixture are adsorbed selectively to form colored bands
    synonyms: chromatography column
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    type of:
    tube, tubing
    conduit consisting of a long hollow object (usually cylindrical) used to hold and conduct objects or liquids or gases
  9. noun
    an article giving opinions or perspectives
    synonyms: editorial, newspaper column
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    agony column
    a newspaper column devoted to personal problems
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    nonfictional prose forming an independent part of a publication
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