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

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Other Niemeyer notables include his once personal home, Casa de Canoas, and the monolithic Hotel Nacional Rio. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Rio de Janeiro, Right Now: 5 Reasons to Visit the Extraordinary Brazilian City," 19 Mar. 2019 For Tensho Takemori, the project architect, the Meeting House is unique among Gehry’s works not just for its scale but for the monolithic nature of its roof. David Netto, Town & Country, "Frank Gehry Built a Tiny House for Michael Eisner," 19 Mar. 2019 The conservative opposition to conventional American foreign policy is anything but monolithic. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Trump’s Populist Schism Over Syria," 23 Dec. 2018 The current Xeon SP chips use a monolithic die, with up to 28 cores and 56 threads. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Intel announces Cascade Lake Xeons: 48 cores and 12-channel memory per socket," 5 Nov. 2018 Likely the hatáli, or traditional medicine men, who figure in the fictitious world of Hillerman’s monolithic Navajo still exist, though their numbers have dwindled. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 In other words, J.Crew is now a far cry from the monolithic vision of the Lyons era. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Jenna Lyons, the former powerhouse behind J.Crew, finally announced her next move," 9 Oct. 2018 There will emerge new safe, positive places governed not by algorithms and monolithic companies, but curated by real people who have a passion for inspiring and uplifting other human beings. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Mark Zuckerberg became a wartime CEO," 20 Nov. 2018 In another, this strategy of creating intermittent surprises corresponds with fashion’s new cycle of frequent, small drops of product rather than monolithic seasonal collections. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Telfar Takes Over London’s Serpentine Gallery," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of monolithic

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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