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1. Architecture
a. A vertical structure usually consisting of a base, a cylindrical shaft, and a capital, used as a support or standing alone as a monument.
b. Any slender vertical support, as of steel or reinforced concrete.
2. Something resembling an architectural column in form or function: a column of mercury in a thermometer.
a. One of two or more vertical sections of text lying side by side in a document and separated by a rule or a blank space.
b. An arrangement of numbers in a single vertical line.
4. A feature article that appears regularly in a publication, such as a newspaper.
5. A formation, as of troops or vehicles, in which all elements follow one behind the other.
6. Botany A columnlike structure, especially one formed by the union of a stamen and the style in an orchid flower, or one formed by the united staminal filaments in flowers such as those of the hibiscus or mallow.
7. Anatomy Any of various tubular or pillarlike supporting structures in the body, each generally having a single tissue origin and function: the vertebral column.

[Middle English columpne, columne, ultimately (partially via Old French columpne), from Latin columna; see kel-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

col′umned (kŏl′əmd) adj.
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Adj.1.columned - having or resembling columns; having columns of a specified kind (often used as a combining form); "a columned portico"; "trees with columned trunks"; "white-columned houses"
combining form - a bound form used only in compounds; "`hemato-' is a combining form in words like `hematology'"
noncolumned, uncolumned - not having columns
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One afternoon I got lost in the woods about a mile from the hotel, and presently fell into a train of dreamy thought about animals which talk, and kobolds, and enchanted folk, and the rest of the pleasant legendary stuff; and so, by stimulating my fancy, I finally got to imagining I glimpsed small flitting shapes here and there down the columned aisles of the forest.
With its columned entrance and imposing gable it is a distinguished looking building and this period elegance has been retained in the rooms' transformation into luxury apartments for the over 50s.
To the left of the foyer, a columned entry supplies a classic touch to a spacious great room that features a cathedral ceiling, built-in bookshelves and a fireplace that invites you to share its warmth.
Design notes reveal that the house has been influenced by the Spanish tradition, which has suggested the grouping of the main 'rooms around a courtyard, the arched and columned openings to the garden, loggia and other details'.
An impressive roof with dramatic dormers, a brick exterior, an arched and columned entry and stunning windows capture attention and admiration for this one-story traditional home.
The prominently located library is also Classical Revival in style, with a center entrance highlighted by a columned portico above a flight of stairs leading to an interior brightly lit by large arched windows.
Entrance to the property in Hillgrove Crescent, Kidderminster, is through a distinguished columned porch.
The full-width covered porch opens to the foyer that leads to the formal dining room on the left, or the columned great room with its bayed window wall.
A columned entry leads to the royal master chambers and a main floor secondary room that would be a perfect nursery or study The second story reveals two additional bedrooms with walk-in closets and an optional bonus room with attic storage.
The columned portico is capped by regal pediment and an elliptical window.
Behind the columned check-in desk of the new Park Avenue Lobby is a wide mural inspired by a famous Florentine painting "The Perfect City." The marble lobby floor is akin to the painting's pavement.