mono·​lith·​ic | \ ˌmä-nə-ˈli-thik How to pronounce monolithic (audio) \

Definition of monolithic

1a : of, relating to, or resembling a monolith : huge, massive a large monolithic building an influential monolithic organization
b(1) : formed from a single crystal a monolithic silicon chip
(2) : produced in or on a monolithic chip (see chip entry 1 sense 6b) a monolithic circuit
2a : cast as a single piece a monolithic concrete wall
b : formed or composed of material without joints or seams a monolithic floor covering
c : consisting of or constituting a single unit
3a : constituting a massive undifferentiated and often rigid whole a monolithic society
b : exhibiting or characterized by often rigidly fixed uniformity monolithic party unity

Other Words from monolithic

monolithically \ ˌmä-​nə-​ˈli-​thi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce monolithic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of monolithic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But requiring missionaries to sport a monolithic look might not always be the right move. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Jan. 2022 The Soviet Union was characterized by monolithic censorship. David Satter, WSJ, 30 Dec. 2021 But in the cloud, the monolithic network perimeter is no longer relevant. John Grange, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The insulated, reinforced concrete monolithic dome, built in 2009 on 3.78 acres of sloped and wooded land in Lane County, has one bedroom, one bathroom and 855 square feet of living space. oregonlive, 24 Dec. 2021 Inspired by the boozy afternoons the two spent together after Robert Lowell’s poetry seminar, Crowther delves into the archive to humanize two monolithic icons of poetry and feminism. Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, 15 Dec. 2021 But what strikes us is that there is nothing monolithic about the American people. al, 28 Nov. 2021 The strategy is intended to speed up decision making so each division can better fend off competition, revitalize flagging sales and reshape its monolithic image in the wake of Beijing’s regulatory crackdown on big platforms. Jing Yang, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2021 The atmospheric installation at Lambert & Fils newish Tribeca showroom was composed of pillar candles hanging off steel structures that riffed on New York’s scaffolding and set atop tall monolithic candlesticks. Diana Budds, Curbed, 25 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of monolithic

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Monolithic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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