column-n; 7 Senses

Sense Number 1: a moving single-file configuration of a large military unit

Commentary: COLUMN[+arrangement][+moving][+single_file][+military]

They rode at the head of the troop column.
There are reports of tank columns advancing on our 2nd battalion.
They suspect the New York group may be a fifth column for an overseas terrorist network. (sympathizers, saboteurs)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: an architectural component, a vertical support structure

Commentary: COLUMN[+structure][+component][+vertical][+tall] [+role][+architecture][+support][+structural]

Corinthian columns support the portico above the veranda of the old mansion.
The truck hit a load-bearing column in the parking garage.
Many of the building's columns were knocked down during the earthquake.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 3: anything with a long cylindrical form

Commentary: COLUMN[+form][+shape][+cylindrical][+long]

We could see a column of smoke rising from the chimney of the cottage.
The x-ray shows an injury to the spinal column.
This steering column is designed to collapse during impact.
Towering columns of storm clouds were gathering in the distance.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4, 5

Sense Number 4: a regular feature, or piece, in a newspaper

Commentary: COLUMN[+writing][+article][+newspaper][+regular]

She writes a political column for the local newspaper.
Sally always reads the gossip columns.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 5: a static vertical layout, e.g. text or numbers

Commentary: COLUMN[+arrangement][-moving][+layout][+vertical]

John used a calculator to add up the long column of numbers.
This newspaper sells space in four-inch columns.
The wide boulevard was lined with columns of trees. (long narrow arrangement of trees)
The shell script reported a bug on line sixteen, column four of the file.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 6: a glass tube used in chromatography

Commentary: COLUMN[+artifact][+tube][+glass]

The assistant dropped a chromatography column on the laboratory floor.
What is the substance contained in those two columns?


Sense Number 7: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)