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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.
On the nineteenth day of this month, Col. Logan's fort was besieged by a party of about two hundred Indians.
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. Bowman arrived with one hundred men from Virginia.
During my absence from Kentucke, Col. Bowman carried on an expedition against the Shawanese, at Old Chelicothe, with one hundred and sixty men, in July, 1779.
Col. Harrod proposed to mount a number of horse, and furiously to rush upon the savages, who at this time fought with remarkable fury.
On the twenty-second day of June, 1780, a large party of Indians and Canadians, about six hundred in number, commanded by Col. Bird, attacked Riddle's and Martin's stations, at the Forks of Licking River, with six pieces of artillery.
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.
Bobbinet was disappointed, as, indeed, was Col. Silky, who was present, en amateur; but the matter could not be helped, as these were customers who acted and thought for themselves, and all the oily persuasion of shop-eloquence could not influence them.
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. Quoil, he was called.
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.
You should have waited, got yourself elected deputy, followed the politics of a party, sometimes down in the depths, at other times on the crest of the wave, and you should have taken, like Monsieur de Villele, the Italian motto 'Col tempo,' in other words,