mega·​lith | \ ˈme-gə-ˌlith How to pronounce megalith (audio) \

Definition of megalith

: a very large usually rough stone used in prehistoric cultures as a monument or building block

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megalithic \ ˌme-​gə-​ˈli-​thik How to pronounce megalithic (audio) \ adjective

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Chris Burden’s 2008 Urban Light, a stand of 202 cast-iron lampposts in front of the campus, and Michael Heizer’s 2012 Levitated Mass, the 340-ton megalith that hovers behind it—are the backdrop for so many selfies that LACMA is No. Carol Kino, WSJ, "How Instagram Became the Art World’s Obsession," 24 July 2018 The first-floor tenant is Ladurée, the megalith macaronier whose pastel hues match the Wing’s decor. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Imperial Pink? The Wing Gears Up to Go Global," 8 Aug. 2018 Those deals include four pricey residences at the megatower One57, the Billionaire’s Row megalith where owners include titans of industry such as Michael Dell and Bill Ackman. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Trophy Homes Linked to Chinese Conglomerate HNA Group," 18 Apr. 2018 A century ago, one candidate for New York’s most important building was a rumbling brick megalith on the Brooklyn waterfront as closely packed with moving parts as a Swiss watch. Justin Davidson, Daily Intelligencer, "New Plans for the Domino Sugar Complex, Revealed," 3 Oct. 2017 Like other megalith structures in Malta, the Hypogeum fell out of use by 2,500 BCE. Stacey Mckenna, Smithsonian, "Malta’s Hypogeum, One of the World’s Best Preserved Prehistoric Sites, Reopens to the Public," 23 May 2017 Over the next few thousand years megaliths were built across Europe and North Africa as well as southwest Asia. Christopher Woolf, USA TODAY, "Stone Age 'skull cult' found at what might be the world’s oldest temple," 30 June 2017 His buildings rise from the earth like twisted post-post-modern megaliths. Maurice Alcala, Orange County Register, "Things to do in Orange County this week (May 5-11)," 5 May 2017 By contrast, Stoiber has taken an economy that was dominated by agriculture and a few megaliths like Siemens and BMW, and turned it into a home for vanguard startups in every sphere. Misha Glenny, WIRED, "How Europe Can Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Future," 1 Feb. 2001

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of megalith

: a very large stone used in ancient cultures as a monument or part of a building

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