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Dictionary Definition



1 the part of the large intestine between the cecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted
2 the basic unit of money in El Salvador; equal to 100 centavos [syn: El Salvadoran colon]
3 the basic unit of money in Costa Rica; equal to 100 centimos [syn: Costa Rican colon]
4 a port city at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal [syn: Aspinwall]
5 a punctuation mark (:) used after a word introducing a series or an example or an explanation (or after the salutation of a business letter) [also: colones (pl), cola (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary




colon (plural: colons or obsolete: cola)
  1. The punctuation mark ":" introducing a quotation or a series of items, or separating clauses.
  2. The final segment of the digestive system, after (distal to) the ileum and before (proximal to) the anus
  3. A rhetorical figure consisting of a clause which is grammatically, but not logically, complete.

See also


punctuation mark
  • Arabic: نقطة مزدوجة
  • Bulgarian: двоеточие
  • Catalan: dos punts m|p
  • Croatian: dvotočka, dvotočje
  • Czech: dvojtečka
  • Dutch: dubbelpunt
  • Esperanto: dupunkto
  • Finnish: kaksoispiste
  • French: deux points
  • German: Doppelpunkt
  • Indonesian: titik dua
  • Interlingua: duo punctos
  • Italian: due punti
  • Japanese: コロン
  • Korean: 쌍점 (雙点, ssangjeom)
  • Polish: dwukropek
  • Portuguese: dois-pontos
  • Russian: двоеточие
  • Slovak: dvojbodka
  • Slovene: dvopičje
  • Spanish: dos puntos
  • Swedish: kolon
digestive system
  • Arabic: قولون
  • Bulgarian: колон
  • Catalan: còlon
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: 大肠
  • Dutch: karteldarm
  • Esperanto: kojlo
  • French: côlon
  • German: Kolon, Grimmdarm
  • Japanese: 大腸
  • Korean: 큰창자 (keunchangja), 대장 (大腸, deajang)
  • Polish: okrężnica
  • Portuguese: cólon
  • Russian: ободочная кишка, толстая кишка
  • Slovak: hrubé črevo
  • Slovene: debelo črevo, danka
  • Spanish: colon



colon m inv
  1. In the context of "anatomy|lang=it": colon

Extensive Definition

Colon may refer to:
proper names:
in popular culture

See also

colon in French: Colon
colon in Italian: Colon (disambigua)
colon in Japanese: コロン
colon in Norwegian Nynorsk: Colon
colon in Polish: Okrężnica
colon in Turkish: Koloni

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Alexandrine, Deutschmark, Mark, Reichsmark, abdomen, accent, accentuation, afghani, amphibrach, amphimacer, anacrusis, anapest, anna, antispast, anus, appendix, arsis, bacchius, baht, beat, blind gut, boundary, bowels, brain, cadence, caesura, catalexis, cecum, cent, centavo, centime, chloriamb, chloriambus, comma, conto, counterpoint, cretic, dactyl, dactylic hexameter, diaeresis, dimeter, dipody, dochmiac, dollar, dong, duodenum, elegiac, elegiac couplet, elegiac pentameter, emphasis, endocardium, entrails, epitrite, feminine caesura, florin, foot, foregut, franc, giblets, gizzard, guilder, gulden, guts, heart, heptameter, heptapody, heroic couplet, hexameter, hexapody, hindgut, iamb, iambic, iambic pentameter, ictus, innards, inner mechanism, insides, internals, intestine, inwards, ionic, jejunum, jingle, juncture, kidney, kip, kishkes, kopeck, krona, krone, large intestine, lilt, lira, liver, liver and lights, lung, masculine caesura, measure, meter, metrical accent, metrical foot, metrical group, metrical unit, metron, midgut, milreis, molossus, mora, movement, numbers, paeon, pause, pentameter, pentapody, perineum, period, peseta, pie, piece of eight, pistareen, point, pound, proceleusmatic, pump, pylorus, pyrrhic, quantity, rand, rectum, rhythm, rial, ruble, rupee, semicolon, shekel, shilling, small intestine, sol, sou, spleen, spondee, sprung rhythm, stiver, stomach, stop, stress, swing, syzygy, tetrameter, tetrapody, tetraseme, thesis, ticker, tribrach, trimeter, tripes, tripody, triseme, trochee, vermiform appendix, viscera, vitals, won, works, yen
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