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Column vs. Tower — What's the Difference?

Column vs. Tower — What's the Difference?

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Column

A 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 words, a column is a compression member.

Tower

A tower is a tall structure, taller than it is wide, often by a significant factor. Towers are distinguished from masts by their lack of guy-wires and are therefore, along with tall buildings, self-supporting structures.

Column

A vertical structure usually consisting of a base, a cylindrical shaft, and a capital, used as a support or standing alone as a monument.

Tower

A tall, narrow building, either free-standing or forming part of a building such as a church or castle
The south-west tower is a wonderful example of late Gothic

Column

Any slender vertical support, as of steel or reinforced concrete.
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Tower

A tall structure that houses machinery, operators, etc.
A control tower

Column

Something resembling an architectural column in form or function
A column of mercury in a thermometer.

Tower

Rise to or reach a great height
He seemed to tower over everyone else

Column

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.

Tower

(of a bird) soar to a great height, especially (of a falcon) so as to be able to swoop down on the quarry.

Column

An arrangement of numbers in a single vertical line.

Tower

A building or part of a building that is exceptionally high in proportion to its width and length.

Column

A feature article that appears regularly in a publication, such as a newspaper.

Tower

A tall, slender structure used for observation, signaling, or pumping.

Column

A formation, as of troops or vehicles, in which all elements follow one behind the other.

Tower

One that conspicuously embodies strength, firmness, or another virtue.

Column

(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.

Tower

(Computers) A computer system whose components are arranged in a vertical stack and housed in a tall, narrow cabinet.

Column

(Anatomy)Any of various tubular or pillarlike supporting structures in the body, each generally having a single tissue origin and function
The vertebral column.

Tower

To appear at or rise to a conspicuous height; loom
"There he stood, grown suddenly tall, towering above them" (J.R.R. Tolkien).

Column

(architecture) A solid upright structure designed usually to support a larger structure above it, such as a roof or horizontal beam, but sometimes for decoration.

Tower

To fly directly upward before swooping or falling. Used of certain birds.

Column

A vertical line of entries in a table, usually read from top to bottom.

Tower

To demonstrate great superiority; be preeminent
Towers over other poets of the day.

Column

A body of troops or army vehicles, usually strung out along a road.

Tower

A very tall iron-framed structure, usually painted red and white, on which microwave, radio, satellite, or other communication antennas are installed; mast.

Column

A body of text meant to be read line by line, especially in printed material that has multiple adjacent such on a single page.
It was too hard to read the text across the whole page, so I split it into two columns.

Tower

A similarly framed structure with a platform or enclosed area on top, used as a lookout for spotting fires, plane crashes, fugitives, etc.

Column

A unit of width, especially of advertisements, in a periodical, equivalent to the width of a usual column of text.
Each column inch costs $300 a week; this ad is four columns by three inches, so will run $3600 a week.

Tower

A water tower.

Column

(by extension) A recurring feature in a periodical, especially an opinion piece, especially by a single author or small rotating group of authors, or on a single theme.
His initial foray into print media was as the author of a weekly column in his elementary-school newspaper.

Tower

A control tower.

Column

Something having similar vertical form or structure to the things mentioned above, such as a spinal column.

Tower

Any very tall building or structure; skyscraper.
The Sears Tower

Column

(botany) The gynostemium

Tower

(figuratively) An item of various kinds, such as a computer case, that is higher than it is wide.

Column

(chemistry) An object used to separate the different components of a liquid or to purify chemical compounds.

Tower

(informal) An interlocking tower.

Column

A kind of pillar; a cylindrical or polygonal support for a roof, ceiling, statue, etc., somewhat ornamented, and usually composed of base, shaft, and capital. See Order.

Tower

(figurative) A strong refuge; a defence.

Column

Anything resembling, in form or position, a column in architecture; an upright body or mass; a shaft or obelisk; as, a column of air, of water, of mercury, etc.; the Column Vendôme; the spinal column.

Tower

(historical) A tall fashionable headdress worn in the time of King William III and Queen Anne.

Column

A body of troops formed in ranks, one behind the other; - contradistinguished from line. Compare Ploy, and Deploy.

Tower

(obsolete) High flight; elevation.

Column

A number of ships so arranged as to follow one another in single or double file or in squadrons; - in distinction from "line", where they are side by side.

Tower

The sixteenth trump or Major Arcana card in many Tarot decks, usually deemed an ill omen.

Column

A perpendicular set of lines, not extending across the page, and separated from other matter by a rule or blank space; as, a column in a newspaper.

Tower

(cartomancy) The nineteenth Lenormand card, representing structure, bureaucracy, stability and loneliness.

Column

A perpendicular line of figures.

Tower

One who tows.

Column

The body formed by the union of the stamens in the Mallow family, or of the stamens and pistil in the orchids.

Tower

(intransitive) To be very tall.
The office block towered into the sky.

Column

One of a series of articles written in a periodical, usually under the same title and at regular intervals; it may be written and signed by one or more authors, or may appear pseudonymously or anonymously, as an editorial column.

Tower

(intransitive) To be high or lofty; to soar.

Column

A line of (usually military) units following one after another

Tower

To soar into.

Column

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

Tower

A mass of building standing alone and insulated, usually higher than its diameter, but when of great size not always of that proportion.

Column

A linear array of numbers one above another

Tower

A citadel; a fortress; hence, a defense.
Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.

Column

Anything tall and thin approximating the shape of a column or tower;
The test tube held a column of white powder
A tower of dust rose above the horizon
A thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite

Tower

A headdress of a high or towerlike form, fashionable about the end of the seventeenth century and until 1715; also, any high headdress.
Lay trains of amorous intriguesIn towers, and curls, and periwigs.

Column

An article giving opinions or perspectives

Tower

High flight; elevation.

Column

A vertical structure standing alone and not supporting anything (as a monument or a column of air)

Tower

To rise and overtop other objects; to be lofty or very high; hence, to soar.
On the other side an high rock towered still.
My lord protector's hawks do tower so well.

Column

(architeture) a tall cylindrical vertical upright and used to support a structure

Tower

To soar into.

Tower

A structure taller than its diameter; can stand alone or be attached to a larger building

Tower

Anything tall and thin approximating the shape of a column or tower;
The test tube held a column of white powder
A tower of dust rose above the horizon
A thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite

Tower

A powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships

Tower

Appear very large or occupy a commanding position;
The huge sculpture predominates over the fountain
Large shadows loomed on the canyon wall

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