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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.
References in classic literature ?
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.
Michelle Wine Estates, the leader in Washington state wines, and the Antinori family of Tuscany, Italy, broke ground today for a state-of-the-art winery for their acclaimed Col Solare red wine.
The consortium, NuStart Energy Development LLC, was announced March 31 and FPL joins nine energy companies in a proposal to share the cost of the development of a COL with the U.
Additional support for the ratings is derived from COL's high operating margins and strong cash generation, which has allowed COL to maintain a strong balance sheet and a solid liquidity position despite increased share repurchases, discretionary pension contributions and the acquisition of NLX LLC in December 2003.
Although COL's operating results are expected to be pressured by the weakening economy, Fitch anticipates that COL will still be able to generate sufficient free cash flow to fund normal discretionary spending, including small bolt-on, niche acquisitions and share repurchases.
Reserve commanders at the orientation included: Col.