There are 4 definitions of colon in English:

colon1

Syllabification: co·lon
Pronunciation: /ˈkōlən
 
/

noun

1A punctuation mark (:) indicating.
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  • But it's hard enough for some people to acquire an instinctive sense of the different uses of commas, let alone the employment of colons and semi-colons.
  • Programming languages often consist of a seemingly random usage of parenthesis, brackets, asterisks, slashes, colons and semi-colons.
  • In less formal writing, the dash is often a catch-all mark to take the place of both colon and semicolon, obviating the need to distinguish them or think about more subtle kinds of punctuation.
1.1That a writer is introducing a quotation or a list of items.
1.2That a writer is separating two clauses of which the second expands or illustrates the first.
1.3A statement of proportion between two numbers: a ratio of 10:1
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  • Time is in army format without the colon between hours and minutes.
1.4The separation of hours from minutes (and minutes from seconds) in a statement of time given in numbers: 4:30 p.m.
1.5The number of the chapter and verse respectively in biblical references: Exodus 3:2

Origin

mid 16th century (as a term in rhetoric denoting a section of a complex sentence, or a pause before it): via Latin from Greek kōlon 'limb, clause'.

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There are 4 definitions of colon in English:

colon2

Syllabification: co·lon
Pronunciation: /ˈkōlən
 
/

noun

Anatomy
The main part of the large intestine, which passes from the cecum to the rectum and absorbs water and electrolytes from food that has remained undigested. Its parts are called the ascending, transverse, descending, and sigmoid colon.
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  • He sustained a punctured colon, a collapsed lung, and a lacerated liver and kidney.
  • A second surgery the following day revealed a hole the size of pencil eraser in the colon where the two sections had been sutured together.
  • Its goal is the purification and rejuvenation of the colon, because the colon is linked to all the other organs and tissues of the body.

Origin

late Middle English: via Latin from Greek kolon.

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There are 4 definitions of colon in English:

colón3

Syllabification: co·lón
Pronunciation: /kəˈlōn
 
/

noun (plural colones /-ˈlōˌnās/)

The basic monetary unit of Costa Rica and El Salvador, equal to 100 centimos in Costa Rica and 100 centavos in El Salvador.
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  • ‘People are not interested in dollars or colones; they just want money,’ Barraza declared during the February forum.
  • The U.S. dollar is strong there, worth about 400 colones, the Costa Rican currency.
  • This sounds like pricey poker, but 30,000 colones is only about $9 US, so I wondered, with fields of about 100 players a night, how the casino was guaranteeing a prize pool of at least $10,000 US.

Origin

from Cristóbal Colón, the Spanish name of Christopher Columbus (see Columbus, Christopher).

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There are 4 definitions of colon in English:

Colón4

Syllabification: Co·lón
Pronunciation: /kəˈlōn
 
/
The chief port of Panama, at the Caribbean Sea end of the Panama Canal; population 87,800 (est. 2009).

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