Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A pass between two mountain peaks or a gap in a ridge.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name given by Abercrom by in 1887 to the region on a weather-map between two anticyclones, where the isobars show a connecting neck or narrow region of lower pressure analogous to the col that affords a passage from one mountain peak to its neighbor: not to be confounded with a trough or an area of low pressure.
  • noun A narrow pass between two mountain peaks: a term used in English by some writers on alpine geology and mountaineering.
  • noun An abbreviation of Colonel as a title, and
  • noun of Colossians.
  • noun [lowercase] An apothecaries' abbreviation of coliander, an obsolete form of coriander.
  • noun The assimilated form of com-, con-, before l. See com-, con-.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A short ridge connecting two higher elevations or mountains; the pass over such a ridge.

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  • noun A dip between mountain peaks in a summit-line.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a pass between mountain peaks

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French, neck, from Latin collum; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]

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From French col, from Latin collum ("neck").

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  • From American Heritage Dictionary: "A pass between two mountain peaks or a gap in a ridge."

    Cf. saddle point.

    September 28, 2009