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Definition of "colon" []

  • A punctuation mark ( : ) used after a word introducing a quotation, an explanation, an example, or a series and often after the salutation of a business letter. (noun)
  • The sign ( : ) used between numbers or groups of numbers in expressions of time (2:30 A.M.) and ratios (1:2). (noun)
  • A section of a metrical period in quantitative verse, consisting of two to six feet and in Latin verse having one principal accent. (noun)
  • The section of the large intestine extending from the cecum to the rectum. (noun)
  • See Table at currency. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "colon" in a sentence
  • "The flow of undigested waste in the colon is the question more generally of the fiber."
  • "With kidneys, lymphatic system, liver and skin, the colon is an organ that helps to remove waste heat from the body."
  • "Most people believe that the colon is a knockout body many do not even what the colon."