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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But even our most monolithic institutions change with the times. Jennifer Bernstein, Vox, "Even as I question the institution of marriage and all its traditions, I find myself still wanting a ring.," 3 July 2019 Latino voters, all three professors noted, are not monolithic. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Some 2020 Democrats spoke in Spanish during their first debate. Was it 'Hispandering'?," 30 June 2019 But black Americans are not monolithic, like any other group of people, said Marjorie Hershey, a political science professor at Indiana University. Indianapolis Star, "How Buttigieg's tense town hall might hurt — or help — his campaign," 24 June 2019 That philosophy squares with Gibson’s work, and so does the depiction of the way a foreign element can bring down even seemingly monolithic systems. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "How William Gibson’s long-lost Alien 3 script became 2019’s most intriguing audio drama," 24 June 2019 To be sure, unlike African American voters who tend to vote in overwhelming numbers for Democrats, Hispanics are far from being monolithic, experts like Camarillo and others are quick to note. Dallas News, "How immigration battles are firing up Latinos and putting Texas, battleground states in play for the presidential election," 23 June 2019 What’s shifted most is the smartphone’s monolithic status as the device that software companies and businesses needed to reach mobile users—and for consumers to access their services. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Big Hangup: Why the Future Is Not Just Your Phone," 12 Jan. 2019 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

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First Known Use of monolithic

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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