A row is from left to right. A column is from up to down. These are common terms to describe the structure of data and things. The following are illustrative examples.
SpreadsheetsSpreadsheets such as Excel are tools for processing tables of data. Rows in a spreadsheet are horizontal from left to right. Columns are vertical from up to down.
DatabasesIn a database, a row is also known as a record and a column is a field. Conceptually, this is no different from a spreadsheet.
MatrixA matrix is a two-dimensional structure that contains data organized into rows and columns. Conceptually, this is the same as a database table or spreadsheet.
TablesTable is a generic term for the two-dimensional grids of rows and columns used in spreadsheets, databases and matrices. For example, tables are commonly used to arrange data and visual elements in a webpage.
|Column A||Column B|
|Row 1||some data||some data|
|Row 2||some data||some data|
PhysicalPhysical things can be organized into rows in columns. For example, seating can be arranged into a grid. In this case, rows are parallel to the front of the room and columns are perpendicular to the front. Another way to say this is that rows go across a room and columns go from front to back.
How to RememberA column is an architectural term for a support beam that rises vertically through a building. This is a reasonable way to remember the delineation between row and column. Columns always have a vertical feel to them.
|Definition||An arrangement of elements that goes from left to right.||An arrangement of elements that goes from up to down.|
|Orientation||Parallel to the horizon or the front of a room.||Perpendicular to the horizon or the front of a room.|
|Example||The front row of desks in a classroom.||Columns that are used as vertical structural supports in architecture.|
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