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 1chip 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>
monolithicallyplay \-thi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Did You Know?
The -lith in monolith comes from the Greek lithos, "stone", so monolith in its original sense means a huge stone like those at Stonehenge. What's so impressive about monoliths is that they have no separate parts or pieces. To the lone individual, any huge institution or government bureaucracy can seem monolithic. But the truth may be different: The former U.S.S.R. once seemed monolithic and indestructible to the West, but in the 1990s it crumbled into a number of independent republics.
Origin and Etymology of monolithic
First Known Use: 1825
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