What is column?

  • (noun): An article giving opinions or perspectives.
    Synonyms: editorial, newspaper column
    See also — Additional definitions below


Column or pillar in architecture and structural engineering is a structural element that transmits, through compression, the weight of the structure above to other structural elements below in, other word column is a compression member. For the purpose of wind or earthquake engineering, columns may be designed to resist lateral forces. Other compression members are often termed "columns" because of the similar stress conditions. Columns are frequently used to support beams or arches on which the upper parts of walls or ceilings rest. In architecture, "column" refers to such a structural element that also has certain proportional and decorative features. A column might also be a decorative element not needed for structural purposes; many columns are "engaged with", that is to say form part of a wall.

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Column - Classical Orders - Solomonic
... A Solomonic column, sometimes called "barley sugar", begins on a base and ends in a capital, which may be of any order, but the shaft twists in a tight spiral, producing a dramatic, serpentine effect of ... Solomonic columns were developed in the ancient world, but remained rare there ... ciborium (which displaced Constantine's columns), and thereafter became very popular with Baroque and Rococo church architects, above all in Latin ...

More definitions of "column":

  • (noun): Anything tall and thin approximating the shape of a column or tower.
    Example: "The test tube held a column of white powder"
    Synonyms: tower, pillar
  • (noun): A line of (usually military) units following one after another.
  • (noun): A vertical glass tube used in column chromatography; a mixture is poured in the top and washed through a stationary substance where components of the mixture are adsorbed selectively to form colored bands.
    Synonyms: chromatography column
  • (noun): A linear array of numbers one above another.
  • (noun): A vertical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (as a monument or a column of air).
    Synonyms: pillar
  • (noun): (architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used to support a structure.
    Synonyms: pillar

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