mono·​pho·​nic | \ ˌmä-nə-ˈfä-nik How to pronounce monophonic (audio) , -ˈfō- \

Definition of monophonic

1 : having a single unaccompanied melodic line
2 : of or relating to sound transmission, recording, or reproduction involving a single transmission path

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Other Words from monophonic

monophonically \ ˌmä-​nə-​ˈfä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce monophonic (audio) , -​ˈfō-​ \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web Choral music most likely evolved out of Gregorian chant, a monophonic style of sacred singing that emerged in Europe during the sixth century. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2021 The recordings offer modest fidelity—monophonic sound recorded on lacquer discs, some off-mic solos—but offer exciting listening. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, 24 Dec. 2018 We were both misunderstood LGBTQ New Englanders with an undying passion for monophonic analog synthesizers! Jonny Pierce, Billboard, 23 June 2017 In other Orthodox churches, like the Russian and Greek, monophonic chant remained the dominant style until at least the 16th century. Celestine Bohlen, New York Times, 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of monophonic

1852, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Monophonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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