mono·​pole | \ ˈmä-nə-ˌpōl How to pronounce monopole (audio) \

Definition of monopole

1 : a single positive or negative electric charge also : a hypothetical north or south magnetic pole existing alone
2 : a radio antenna consisting of a single often straight element

Examples of monopole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Major construction work continues at one of Garland’s busiest intersections," 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, "No Dark Energy? No Chance, Cosmologists Contend," 17 Dec. 2019 The reason for this is the lack of magnetic monopoles. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now," 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, "For Burgundy’s best-value wines, look south," 25 Oct. 2019 Realizing that Casselberry wanted to demolish the water tower, Verizon requested and received approval from Seminole in 2017 to build a slightly shorter monopole adjacent to the water tower and move the equipment atop it. Martin E. Comas,, "Rusty old Casselberry water tower needs to go, Seminole residents say," 10 Oct. 2019 That's basically what Gauss's Law for Magnetism says—that there's no such thing as a magnetic monopole. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Get to Know Maxwell's Equations—You're Using Them Right Now," 6 Aug. 2019 Some materials, for example, harbor objects that act as magnetic monopoles — point-like magnets with a north pole but no south pole. Quanta Magazine, "‘Quantum Atmospheres’ May Reveal Secrets of Matter," 25 Sep. 2018 Magnetic monopoles may just help break the current logjam in particle physics. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'monopole.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of monopole

1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about monopole

Time Traveler for monopole

Time Traveler

The first known use of monopole was in 1937

See more words from the same year

Statistics for monopole

Cite this Entry

“Monopole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Comments on monopole

What made you want to look up monopole? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!