mono·​lay·​er ˈmä-nō-ˌlā-ər How to pronounce monolayer (audio)
: a single continuous layer or film that is one cell, molecule, or atom in thickness

Examples of monolayer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The researchers started by synthesizing a material from monolayers of the semiconductors molybdenum diselenide and tungsten disulfide, which belong to a class of materials that past simulations had implied could exhibit Nagaoka-style magnetism. Michael Greshko, WIRED, 28 Jan. 2024 But most natural mosaics, from rock cracks to molecular monolayers, are not perfectly periodic tessellations. Elise Cutts, Quanta Magazine, 21 June 2023 In 2010, the group of Tony Heinz at Columbia University showed that when thinned down to a single monolayer, MoS2 becomes a highly efficient light source, 10,000 times brighter than its bulky 3-D cousin. Andy Berger, Discover Magazine, 17 July 2015 The Langmuir–Blodgett monolayer doesn’t want to reorganize. Scientific American Custom Media, Scientific American, 29 July 2022 The research team tested five materials: graphene, which is a simple hexagonal array format of carbon; molybdenum sulfide in monolayer form, and three MOF membranes. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 13 Dec. 2019 Researchers have since made monolayers of metals, semimetals, insulators and more, but magnetism was the final holdout. Sylvia Morrow, Discover Magazine, 1 Feb. 2018 In June, Xiaodong Xu of the University of Washington published results of the first isolated monolayer magnet in Nature. Sylvia Morrow, Discover Magazine, 1 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monolayer was in 1924

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“Monolayer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


: a single continuous layer or film that is one cell or molecule in thickness
monolayering noun
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