Adjective "col" definition and examples

(Col may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/kɒl/

Definitions and examples

noun

The lowest point of a ridge or saddle between two peaks, typically providing a pass from one side of a mountain range to another.
  1. 'They can often encounter all on the same special stage as the route climbs and descends mountain cols, switching from southern facing roads sheltered from the extreme weather to exposed northern ones.'
  2. 'Through brief windows in the clouds we could see the ridge dropping to a col and rising again to two higher summits.'
  3. 'Return to the col and walk along to centre peak: a steady nerve is required to reach the summit.'
  4. 'The route included Col De Vars and Col de la Bonnette, plus numerous other cols.'
  5. 'Although it will be cool in the evenings on the cols and ridges, the days should be mild.'
  6. 'Head NE from the summit cairn to pick up the bulldozed track called Morton's Way and follow this along the NE ridge and down to a col below the Hill of Glenroads.'
  7. 'For the next few days we based ourselves at the hut as we made forays up the valley, wading through deep fresh snow to explore some of the cols, ridges and side valleys.'
  8. 'From the col, the ridge climbs and then levels out again into a tight area of mossy grass before it steepens appreciably into its final fling.'
  9. 'Anticipating a windscoured ridge, we left our crampons and axes in the col at the top of the chute.'
  10. 'In decent weather and with the longer daylight hours of summer you could continue on the ridge as far as the col before Benshaw Hill where a footpath drops down directly to Kingledoors.'
A region of slightly elevated pressure between two anticyclones.

    More definitions

    1. Physical Geography. a pass or depression in a mountain range or ridge.

    2. Meteorology. the region of relatively low pressure between two anticyclones.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "strings can be col."

    Origin

    Mid 19th century: from French, literally ‘neck’, from Latin collum.