Noun(1) the part of the large intestine between the cecum and the rectum; it extracts moisture from food residues before they are excreted(2) the basic unit of money in El Salvador; equal to 100 centavos(3) the basic unit of money in Costa Rica; equal to 100 centimos(4) a port city at the Caribbean entrance to the Panama Canal(5) a punctuation mark (:, or after the salutation of a business letter
(1) Time is in army format without the colon between hours and minutes.(2) 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.(3) Add a bracket to a colon and you get the text-message version of a smiley badge.(4) 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.(5) It colonises the newborn's colon within hours of birth, and serves important intestinal physiological functions for the rest of the host's life.(6) He sustained a punctured colon , a collapsed lung, and a lacerated liver and kidney.(7) 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.(8) This antioxidant effect may also reduce the risk of some cancers, particularly of the breast and colon .(9) 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.(10) Programming languages often consist of a seemingly random usage of parenthesis, brackets, asterisks, slashes, colons and semi-colons.(11) I have been finding too many contradictory sources on the use of colons versus semicolons, and now can remember neither quite right.