[koh-luh n] /ˈkoʊ lən/

noun, plural colons for 1, cola
[koh-luh] /ˈkoʊ lə/ (Show IPA), for 2.
the sign (:) used to mark a major division in a sentence, to indicate that what follows is an elaboration, summation, implication, etc., of what precedes; or to separate groups of numbers referring to different things, as hours from minutes in 5:30; or the members of a ratio or proportion, as in 1 : 2 = 3 : 6.
Classical Prosody. one of the members or sections of a rhythmical period, consisting of a sequence of from two to six feet united under a principal ictus or beat.
[koh-luh n] /ˈkoʊ lən/
noun, plural colons, cola
[koh-luh] /ˈkoʊ lə/ (Show IPA)
Anatomy. the part of the large intestine extending from the cecum to the rectum.
Zoology. the portion of the digestive tract that is posterior to the stomach or gizzard and extends to the rectum.
[koh-lohn; Spanish kaw-lawn] /koʊˈloʊn; Spanish kɔˈlɔn/
noun, plural colons Spanish, colones
[kaw-law-nes] /kɔˈlɔ nɛs/ (Show IPA)
the paper monetary unit of El Salvador, equal to 100 centavos.
Abbreviation: C.
a cupronickel or steel coin and monetary unit of Costa Rica, equal to 100 centimos.
[koh-lon, kuh-lon] /ˈkoʊ lɒn, kəˈlɒn/
a colonial farmer or plantation owner, especially in Algeria.
[koh-lon; Spanish kaw-lawn] /koʊˈlɒn; Spanish kɔˈlɔn/
a seaport in Panama at the Atlantic end of the Panama Canal.
(pl) -lons. the punctuation mark :, usually preceding an explanation or an example of what has gone before, a list, or an extended quotation
(pl) -lons. this mark used for certain other purposes, such as expressions of time, as in 2:45 p.m., or when a ratio is given in figures, as in 5:3
(pl) -la (-lə). (in classical prosody) a part of a rhythmic period with two to six feet and one principal accent or ictus
noun (pl) -lons, -la (-lə)
the part of the large intestine between the caecum and the rectum
/kəˈlɒn; French kɔlɔ̃/
a colonial farmer or plantation owner, esp in a French colony
/kəʊˈləʊn; Spanish koˈlon/
noun (pl) -lons, -lones (Spanish) (-ˈlones)
the standard monetary unit of Costa Rica, divided into 100 céntimos
the former standard monetary unit of El Salvador, divided into 100 centavos; replaced by the US dollar in 2001
/kɒˈlɒn; Spanish koˈlɔn/
a port in Panama, at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal. Chief Caribbean port. Pop: 157 000 (2005 est) Former name Aspinwall
Archipiélago de Colón (ˌartʃiˈpjelaɣo ðe) the official name of the Galápagos Islands

punctuation mark, 1540s, from Latin colon “part of a poem,” from Greek kolon (with a long initial -o-) “part of a verse,” literally “limb,” from PIE root *(s)kel- “to bend, crooked” (see scalene). Meaning evolved from “independent clause” to punctuation mark that sets it off.

“large intestine,” late 14c., from Greek kolon (with a short initial -o-) “large intestine, food, meat,” of unknown origin.

colon co·lon (kō’lən)
n. pl. co·lons or co·la (-lə)
The division of the large intestine extending from the cecum to the rectum.
co·lon’ic (kə-lŏn’ĭk) adj.
The longest part of the large intestine, extending from the cecum to the rectum. Water and electrolytes are absorbed, solidified, and prepared for elimination as feces in the colon. The colon also contains bacteria that help in the body’s absorption of nutrients from digested material.

A punctuation mark (:) used to introduce a description, an explanation, or a list. For example, “She would own only one kind of pet: a Siamese cat” and “The little boy announced that he wanted the following for his birthday: two sweaters, a new tent, and three toy cars.”

The middle and longest part of the large intestine. (See digestive system.)

“:” ASCII character 58. Common names: ITU-T: colon. Rare: dots; INTERCAL: two-spot.


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