• WordNet 3.6
    • adj columnar characterized by columns "columnar construction"
    • adj columnar having the form of a column "trees with columniform trunks","columnar forms","a columnlike tree trunk"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Columnar Formed in columns; having the form of a column or columns; like the shaft of a column.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • columnar Having the form of a column; formed in columns; like the shaft of a column.
    • columnar Of or pertaining to columns, or to a column.
    • columnar In geology, divided into columns, by tension-joints, as is frequent in flows of basalt. The Giant's Causeway, in Ireland, is a famous instance.
    • columnar Arranged, written, or printed in columns, as in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, etc., writing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Columnar formed in columns
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. columnaris, fr. columna,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. columen, columna, akin to celsus, high; Gr. kolōnē, a hill.


In literature:

It is a mass of columnar trap of a grey colour.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
But in the niche of pure Italian Gothic the classic principle of columnar support is never lost sight of.
"On the Old Road Vol. 1 (of 2)" by John Ruskin
Did he reveal his presence in a vast columnar cloud or a pillar of fire?
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
With the addition of suitable cross sections and comparative columnar sections, the story is made complete.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
The Hudson is bordered for nearly forty miles by a great ridge of columnar rock, lying upon sandstone.
"The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831" by Various
The columnar formations are topped by globes which emit an ethereal radiance!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
We here see a large basin filled with water, standing on a columnar base.
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
In 1772, Banks, Solander, and Troil compared the columnar basalt of Hecla with that of the Hebrides.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
Fair Head is formed of intrusive dolerite, presenting a superb columnar seaward face.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
He did not stir, but stood watching till the white dress disappeared among the tall columnar fir trees.
"The Star-Gazers" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

And now the last meek prayer is said,
And, in the hallowed hush, there is
Only a starry dome o'erhead,
Propped by columnar cypresses.
"Florence" by Alfred Austin
Summer's last sun nigh unto setting shines
Through yon columnar pines,
And on the deepening shadows of the lawn
Its golden lines are drawn.
"The Last Eve Of Summer" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

External hemorrhoids (a single lesion is shown here) are found below the dentate line (the division between squamous epithelium distally and transitional columnar epithelium proximally) and so are covered by skin.
Columnar transposition ciphers and permutations, oh my.
A period-appropriate deco-style columnar vitrine anchors a relaunched leather-goods brand's debut boutique, positioned between competitors­ Hermès and Goyard.
Rare columnar cactus create a landscape that seems out of this world.

In science:

Still, before embarki ng to the strong-coupling regime, we can brie fly comment on some interesting features of the thermodynamics of the columnar dimer phase.
Melting of a frustration-induced dimer crystal and incommensurability in the J_1-J_2 two-leg ladder
As often encountered in frustrated models, non-trivial physics is found : reentrance of the columnar dimer phase, low-energy RVB fluctuations, non-monotonic evolution of the spin gap, two characteristic lengths, and the onset of incommensurability.
Melting of a frustration-induced dimer crystal and incommensurability in the J_1-J_2 two-leg ladder
FIG. 6: The DFT-LDA total energy per formula unit of the ferroelectric (FE) columnar ordering of twelve hypothetical V5+ and Cr6+ double perovskites relative to rock-salt ordering (blue), and DFT-LDA gaps of both geometries (green, red).
Design of Low Band Gap Double Perovskites from First Principles
In both cases, the structure with the lowest total energy is the columnar structure with ferroelectric polarization along the direction of the columns.
Design of Low Band Gap Double Perovskites from First Principles
In Fig. 6, the rock-salt and polarized columnar B-site orderings of all twelve hypothetical compounds are compared in both total energy (blue) and DFT-LDA band gap (green, red).
Design of Low Band Gap Double Perovskites from First Principles