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Meaning of colon

co•lon

Pronunciation: (kō'lun), [key]
— pl. -lons -la
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

co•lon

Pronunciation: (kō'lun), [key]
— pl. -lons, -la
  1. the part of the large intestine extending from the cecum to the rectum. See diag. under
  2. the portion of the digestive tract that is posterior to the stomach or gizzard and extends to the rectum.

co•lon

Pronunciation: (kō-lōn' Sp. kô-lôn'), [key]
— pl. -lons, -lo•nes
  1. the paper monetary unit of El Salvador, equal to 100 centavos. Abbr.: C.
  2. a cupronickel or steel coin and monetary unit of Costa Rica, equal to 100 centimos.

co•lon

Pronunciation: (kō'lon, ku-lon'), [key]
— n.
  1. a colonial farmer or plantation owner, esp. in Algeria.

Co•lón

Pronunciation: (kō-lon' Sp. kô-lôn'), [key]
— n.
  1. a seaport in Panama at the Atlantic end of the Panama Canal. 85,600.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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