This word has been mentioned frequently, but apparently not yet examined for itself. Quite a few possibilities.
A tall thin structural element. When several are holding something up (like a pediment or lintel, they may be considered a colonnade. A singular column is often referred to as a pillar.
Or something physical in columnar shape: a pillar of fire, but a column of smoke.
A long narrow presentation of text, or the concept of such. Someone who writes a recurring column is called a columnist.
A vertical assembly of objects, as a column of numbers. Or possibly a stack if the objects are physical.
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