American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A large block of stone, especially one used in architecture or sculpture.
- n. Something, such as a column or monument, made from one large block of stone.
- n. Something suggestive of a large block of stone, as in immovability, massiveness, or uniformity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A single stone; by extension, any structure or object in stone formed of a single piece: it may be an independent monument standing alone, as an Egyptian obelisk, or a menhir, or any part of a structure, as a column.
- n. A large single block of stone, used in architecture and sculpture.
- n. Anything massive, uniform and unmovable.
- n. chemistry A continuous stationary-phase cast as a homogeneous column in a single piece.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A single stone, especially one of large size, shaped into a pillar, statue, or monument.
- From French monolithe, from Latin monolithus "consisting of a single stone", from Ancient Greek μονόλιθος monolithos, from μόνος monos "single, alone" + λίθος lithos "stone". (Wiktionary)
- French monolithe, from Greek monolithos, consisting of a single stone : mono-, mono- + lithos, stone. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This high-tech waste monolith is a heap of contradictions.”
“Today's YouTube videos: iPhone monolith is the next entry in this blog.”
“But one advantage of being the corporate monolith is they are open when I need them the most.”
“Problem: I don't believe the west, as a monolith, is ready to confront the Islamos in this (or any actually) way.”
“The true height of this wonderful monolith is over seventy feet, between thirty and forty of which are hidden under the accumulated soil of many centuries.”
“As one has said, "You have here a brotherhood of clustered peaks, and there the solitude of a mountain monolith; here you have a gladsome glade, and there a chilling glacier; here an inviting grove, and there a gloomy cavern; here a friendly valley with green grass and purple flower, and there a frowning cliff; here you have a raging torrent, and there a laughing cascade; here a rushing river, and there a placid stream.”
“But the point about indys not being a monolith is a good one to keep in mind.”
“This is now the most obvious split that the regime is tearing apart, and its portrayal of itself as a monolith is a facade.”
“The Black church is often spoken of as though it is a huge monolith, that is not divided by denomination.”
“One of the other things that's not a monolith are the Clinton's plural.”
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