mono·​pole ˈmä-nə-ˌpōl How to pronounce monopole (audio)
: a single positive or negative electric charge
also : a hypothetical north or south magnetic pole existing alone
: a radio antenna consisting of a single often straight element

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web So a latticework steel tower or a sleek monopole mast with an array of rectangular antenna panels clustered at its top can elicit powerful responses. Steven Jones, The Conversation, 22 Aug. 2022 The experiment had recorded a single signal: one corresponding almost exactly to the signal a magnetic monopole ought to produce. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 This puzzle was known as the monopole problem, and was one of the three main motivations for cosmic inflation. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 The monopole problem: if the Universe got arbitrarily hot in the past, there should be high-energy relics from that very early state still remaining in our Universe, but none have ever been observed. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Since construction began in January 2019, a large signal bridge, or monopole, has also been installed at the intersection, where several traffic lights once stood. Dallas News, 10 Aug. 2020 And second, the model doesn’t satisfy a consistency check involving the relationship between the dipole and monopole terms in the equations. Quanta Magazine, 17 Dec. 2019 The reason for this is the lack of magnetic monopoles. Rhett Allain, WIRED, 6 Aug. 2019 GREAT VALUE Maison Chanzy Bouzeron Clos de la Fortune Monopole 2016 Burgundy, $24 This aligoté from Maison Chanzy shows the care given to a wine produced from a single estate-owned (monopole) vineyard. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of monopole was in 1937

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Cite this Entry

“Monopole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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