monolithic

adjective
mono·lith·ic | \ ˌmä-nə-ˈli-thik \

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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monolithically \-thi-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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Part of what makes these questions so vexing is our desire to answer them decisively, as a unified, monolithic listening public. Chris Richards, chicagotribune.com, "The 5 hardest questions in pop music," 3 July 2018 Brick houses are known for their monolithic sturdiness, but this open-plan brick home in Mỹ Hạnh Nam, Vietnam, is airy and light. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Airy brick house bucks tradition to stunning effect," 10 May 2018 Voters are still the ultimate decision makers, even in a state as near-monolithic as California. Amy Chance, sacbee, "California Influencers: What did we learn from the June primary election, and why?," 11 June 2018 Approximately 66 feet tall and 240 feet long, the Sphinx is one of the largest and oldest monolithic statues in the world. Jim Berkeley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Egypt," 5 Oct. 2016 Republicans have also used their monolithic control of government to erect structural defenses. Andrew Rice, Daily Intelligencer, "Can a Democrat Ever Win in Texas?," 10 July 2018 Voters are still the ultimate decision makers, even in a state as near-monolithic as California. Amy Chance, sacbee, "California Influencers: What did we learn from the June primary election, and why?," 11 June 2018 This allowed the jostle of distinctive forms, rather than a monolithic mass. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Well-crafted Jackson Square condos rich in design inspiration," 2 July 2018 But politicians talk of immigrants as a monolithic group deserving of a single, partisan response. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "Britain taps the son of a Pakistani bus driver to shape immigration policy," 1 May 2018

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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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