There are 4 definitions of colon in English:

colon1

Line breaks: colon
Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊlən
 
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noun

  • 1A punctuation mark (:) used to precede a list of items, a quotation, or an expansion or explanation.
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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.
  • 1.1A colon used in various technical and formulaic contexts, for example a statement of proportion between two numbers, or to separate hours from minutes (and minutes from seconds) in a numerical statement of time: 10:1 4:30 p.m.
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    • Time is in army format without the colon between hours and minutes.

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

Line breaks: colon
Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊlən
 
, -lɒn/

noun

Anatomy
  • The main part of the large intestine, which passes from the caecum to the rectum and absorbs water and electrolytes from food which has remained undigested.
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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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Colón

Line breaks: Colón
Pronunciation: /kɒˈlɒn
 
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  • The chief port of Panama, at the Caribbean end of the Panama Canal; population 87,800 (est. 2009). It was founded in 1850 by the American William Aspinwall (1807–55), after whom it was originally named.

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colón

Line breaks: colón
Pronunciation: /kɒˈlɒn
 
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noun (plural colones /-ˈlɒnɛz/)

  • 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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