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monolith

noun mono·lith \ˈmä-nə-ˌlith\

: a very large stone that is usually tall and narrow; especially : a stone that was put in position by people as a monument or for religious reasons

: a very large building or other structure

: a very large and powerful organization that acts as a single unit

Full Definition of MONOLITH

1
:  a single great stone often in the form of an obelisk or column
2
:  a massive structure
3
:  an organized whole that acts as a single unified powerful or influential force

Examples of MONOLITH

  1. The new office building is a massive steel and concrete monolith.
  2. The media monolith owns a number of networks.

Origin of MONOLITH

French monolithe, from monolithe consisting of a single stone, from Latin monolithus, from Greek monolithos, from mon- + lithos stone
First Known Use: 1844

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

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