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(word root) with, together, in association
Examples of words with the root col-: collaboration
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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.]
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(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]
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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.
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- A saddle between two mountain peaks, from Latin collum, "neck."
See also related terms for saddle.
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1. A natural pass in a mountain range.
2. The area of intermediate pressure that separates cyclones or depressions.
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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
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1. (Mil) =ColonelCnel., Cor.
Col. T. Richard (on envelope) → Cnel. T. Richard, Cor. T. Richard
2. (US) =Colorado
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nSattel m, → Pass m


2 abbr of columnSp.
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References in classic literature ?
On the fourteenth day of July, 1776, two of Col. Calaway's daughters, and one of mine, were taken prisoners near the fort.
One night in June, 1859, two citizens of Frankfort, Col. J.
[*] "With chalk in hand," "col gesso." This is one of the bons mots of Alexander VI, and refers to the ease with which Charles VIII seized Italy, implying that it was only necessary for him to send his quartermasters to chalk up the billets for his soldiers to conquer the country.