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A low point along a ridge, as between two mountain peaks.

[French, from Old French, neck, from Latin collum; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]


(kɒl; French kɔl)
1. (Geological Science) the lowest point of a ridge connecting two mountain peaks, often constituting a pass
2. (Physical Geography) meteorol a pressure region between two anticyclones and two depressions, associated with variable weather
[C19: from French: neck, col, from Latin collum neck]



1. a pass or depression in a mountain range or ridge.
2. the region of relatively low pressure between two anticyclones.
[1850–55; < French < Latin collum neck]


var. of com- before l: collateral.


var. of colo- before a vowel: colectomy.


1. Colombia.
2. Colonel.
3. Colorado.
4. Colossians.


1. collected.
2. collector.
3. college.
4. collegiate.
5. colonial.
6. colony.
7. color.
8. colored.
9. column.


- A saddle between two mountain peaks, from Latin collum, "neck."
See also related terms for saddle.


1. A natural pass in a mountain range.
2. The area of intermediate pressure that separates cyclones or depressions.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.col - a pass between mountain peaks
mountain pass, notch, pass - the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks; "we got through the pass before it started to snow"
water gap - a pass in a mountain ridge through which a stream flows
wind gap - a pass in a mountain ridge with no stream flowing through it


1. (Mil) =ColonelCnel., Cor.
Col. T. Richard (on envelope) → Cnel. T. Richard, Cor. T. Richard
2. (US) =Colorado


nSattel m, → Pass m


2 abbr of columnSp.
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On the twenty-fifth of this month a reinforcement of forty-five men arrived from North-Carolina, and about the twentieth of August following, Col.
On the twenty-second day of June, 1780, a large party of Indians and Canadians, about six hundred in number, commanded by Col.
To conclude, I can now say that I have verified the saying of an old Indian who signed Col.
One night in June, 1859, two citizens of Frankfort, Col.
The last inhabitant of these woods before me was an Irishman, Hugh Quoil (if I have spelt his name with coil enough), who occupied Wyman's tenement -- Col.
When, as happened once or twice I caught her at an elegant little wash-tub rubbing hard on white col lars, baby's socks, and Hermann's summer neck ties, she would blush in girlish confusion, and rais ing her wet hands greet me from afar with many friendly nods.
Due to the strong growth in value of transactions, COL reported that its market share in the PSE increased to 6 percent in the first half, also a new record high for the brokerage.
Approximately 27 lines are missing at the end of X1 col.
Lt Col Jabbar Ahmad, Lt Col Hamid Naeem, Lt Col Mohammad Babar Rashid, Lt Col Syed Maajid Mohsin, Lt Col Shahzad Naeem Malik, Lt Col Miraj Khan, Lt Col Shahzad Ashraf, Lt Col Mohammad Iqbal, Lt Col Zafar Ullah Khan, Lt Col Mujahid Zulfiqar Ali, Maj Nasir Ahmed Hamayun, Maj Mohammad Umar Iqbal, Maj Safder Hussain, Maj Ejaz Iqbal, Maj Mohammad Imran Ghafoor Gondal, Maj Mohammad Naseem Akhtar, Maj Sultan Ul Arifeen, Maj Mohammad Ramzan, Maj Mohammad Ajmal, Maj Faisal Ahmad, Maj Jamshaid Ali, Maj Shahid Parwaz Khan, Maj Mohammad Faizan Khan, Maj Earaj Ahmed.
COL likewise maintained its position as the number one stock-broker in terms of volume of transactions as it handled a total of 2.
The analogue of the Double-Critical Graph Conjecture with [chi] replaced by col does not hold.
Col Henry's initial decompression symptoms included pains in his ankles and knees.