1 pl , -lons the punctuation mark :, usually preceding an explanation or an example of what has gone before, a list, or an extended quotation
2 pl , -lons this mark used for certain other purposes, such as expressions of time, as in 2:45 p.m., or when a ratio is given in figures, as in 5:3
3 pl , -la (in classical prosody) a part of a rhythmic period with two to six feet and one principal accent or ictus
(C16: from Latin, from Greek kolon limb, hence part of a strophe, clause of a sentence)
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