monolithic

adjective
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 monolithic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of monolithic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The stories of the lives of ordinary African Americans and their forebears are often distilled into a sweeping narrative—invisible, monolithic masses questing for dignity and recognition of their citizenship or humanity. Syreeta Mcfadden, The Atlantic, "The Artifacts of Bygone Lives," 12 Dec. 2020 Viewing the Latino vote as monolithic fails, of course, to capture the often sharply varying politics and ethnicities of people hailing from nearly two dozen countries on two continents. Michael Powell, Star Tribune, "Voters of color are turning out to be more 'diverse' than Democrats thought," 22 Nov. 2020 For more than a century, the company has designed, built and installed some of the most recognizable monolithic signs and structures inside and out of buildings across the Bay Area. Chase Difeliciantonio, SFChronicle.com, "Building Bay Area landmarks, Thomas Swan Sign Co. became a vulnerable one itself," 26 Nov. 2020 Viewing the Latino vote as monolithic fails, of course, to capture the often sharply varying politics and ethnicities of people hailing from nearly two dozen countries on two continents. Michael Powell, Star Tribune, "Voters of color are turning out to be more 'diverse' than Democrats thought," 22 Nov. 2020 Pollsters tend to view Latinos as a monolithic group. Maria Eloisa Capurro, Bloomberg.com, "Trump’s Latino Support Was Overlooked by Pollsters That Lack Diversity," 18 Nov. 2020 Viewing the Latino vote as monolithic fails, of course, to capture the often sharply varying politics and ethnicities of people hailing from nearly two dozen countries on two continents. Michael Powell, New York Times, "Liberals Envisioned a Multiracial Coalition. Voters of Color Had Other Ideas.," 16 Nov. 2020 In addition, Hispanics are also not a monolithic population. Gloria Dickie, Scientific American, "Why Polls Were Mostly Wrong," 13 Nov. 2020 Asian Americans have been historically misrepresented as a monolithic group. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Our Voice Newsletter: Vol. 1, Issue 1," 13 Nov. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monolithic. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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