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

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Other Words from monolithic

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

Examples of monolithic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Star Trek went to planets with monolithic cultures and dealt with certain sociological problems. Stephen Humphrey, Science | AAAS, "How real-world science sets The Expanse apart from other sci-fi shows," 6 Dec. 2019 This new era is his era, and his thoughts are about a monolithic China that is utterly devoted to the Communist Party and united under his unflinching ideology. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "China’s Communist Party tries to create a new hero for the masses," 3 Nov. 2019 Florida State Prison is a monolithic, 1960s-era penitentiary hemmed in on all sides by level farmland and coils of razor wire. Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, "He’s a Liar, a Con Artist and a Snitch. His Testimony Could Soon Send a Man to His Death.," 4 Dec. 2019 He's particularly drawn to the architecture of former Soviet states like Georgia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine, where monolithic, communist-era apartment towers stand cheek by jowl with postmodern skyscrapers. Wired, "The Symmetry and Chaos of the World's Megacities," 22 Sep. 2019 Islamism, like any other political ideology, is not monolithic, and even among supporters of a party such as Ennahdha there are a spectrum of views. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "Around the world, women are taking charge of their future," 15 Oct. 2019 But fashion has since become far less monolithic, in large part because Instagram makes everything so visible. Marc Bain, Quartz, "The handbag is losing its once-exalted place in a woman’s wardrobe," 12 Oct. 2019 This meant that it had been given a certain look: monumental, monolithic, luminous, lapidary, imbued with the moody stillness of Stoller’s stated influence, the pioneering French documentary photographer Eugène Atget. Thomas De Monchaux, The New Yorker, "Ezra Stoller Turned Buildings Into Monuments," 6 Oct. 2019 On the other hand, some more progressive Chaldeans were eager to make clear that the community is not monolithic, and that many Chaldeans did not support Trump and still don’t., "You profiled families in Michigan’s Iraqi Christian community. How did you approach the work of identifying the subjects of the story?," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of monolithic

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for monolithic

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“Monolithic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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