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Column

architecture support columns

Column, in architecture, vertical structural support, usually cylindrical, consisting of a base, shaft, and capital. Columns support the entablature on which the roof rests. Apart from their utilitarian functions, columns are also decorative, the various types forming the classical orders of architecture.

See also: Architecture.

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