American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A succession of sounds or words uttered in a single tone of voice.
- n. Music A single tone repeated with different words or time values, especially in a rendering of a liturgical text.
- n. Music A chant in a single tone.
- n. Sameness or dull repetition in sound, style, manner, or color.
- adj. Characterized by or uttered in a monotone: a monotone recitation of names.
- adj. Of or having a single color: a cat with a monotone coat.
- adj. Mathematics Designating sequences, the successive members of which either consistently increase or decrease but do not oscillate in relative value. Each member of a monotone increasing sequence is greater than or equal to the preceding member; each member of a monotone decreasing sequence is less than or equal to the preceding member.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, a sameness of tone; the utterance of successive syllables at one unvaried pitch, with little or no inflection or cadence.
- n. Monotony or sameness of style in writing or speaking.
- n. In music:
- n. A single tone, without harmony or variation in pitch.
- n. Recitation of words in such a tone, especially in a church service, sometimes with harmonic accompaniment and with occasional inflections or melodic variations; intoning; chanting. Monotone is a natural device for increasing the sonority of the voice, so that it may readily fill a large space, and is also thought by some to have a peculiar solemnity of effect. It is much used as an element in chanting.
- n. Something spoken or written in one tone or strain.
- To recite in a single, unvaried tone; intone; chant. Strictly speaking, to monotone and to intone are not the same, the latter having a technical meaning in connection with Gregorian music; but in common usage they are made synonymous.
- n. A single or uniform tint or color.
- adj. of speech or a sound having a single unvaried pitch
- adj. mathematics property of a function to be either always decreasing or always increasing
- n. A single unvaried tone of speech or a sound
- v. transitive, intransitive To speak in a monotone.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mus.) A single unvaried tone or sound.
- n. (Rhet.) The utterance of successive syllables, words, or sentences, on one unvaried key or line of pitch.
- adj. of a sequence or function; consistently increasing and never decreasing or consistently decreasing and never increasing in value
- adj. sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch
- n. an unchanging intonation
- n. a single tone repeated with different words or different rhythms (especially in rendering liturgical texts)
- From the post-Classical Latin monotonus ("unvarying in tone") or its etymon the Ancient Greek μονότονος (monotonos, "steady”, “unwavering"); compare cognate adjectives, namely the French monotone, the German monoton, the Italian monotono, and the Spanish monótono, as well as the slightly earlier English noun monotony and adjective monotonical. (Wiktionary)
- From Greek monotonos, monotonous; see monotonous. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It features Kareem Abdul Jabbar jabbering in monotone about the dangers of strangers, among things.”
“Barbara Wersba's review topped the Times's page, headlined "One of the most moving books ever written for children ..." and below followed June Jordan's: ".... or just another horror story told in monotone?”
“Synopsis: An chiaroscurist - an artist who specializes in monotone pictures which highlight might and shadow - sculpts the face of god in a monastery.”
“Most of the travel has been in monotone "Seed", but the tempo has been the profit-motive, except those years such as 1944/45/46 when I tried to do my part in the role of UNRRA's European Seed Co-Ordinator.”
“Next, Henderson changes her mind about what sort of book cover she’s looking for: she doesn’t want a single title, but a * series* of books with images in monotone like Hamilton’s.”
“Everyone’s favorite caustic, raspy monotone is back for more science fiction-fantasy-mystery hybrid goodness.”
“She gazed absently at the wall and sang in monotone.”
“Words bawled out in a monotone are apt to become confused, as is often illustrated by the train announcers in our railway stations.”
“It's hard to say the vuvuzela is melodious; its sound can be best described as a monotone swarm of bees (judge for yourself with this news report).”
“Wai Lana has a soothing voice that my husband calls monotone, but I find is slightly melodious and very easy to ignore when I'm doing something else, but easy to hear and calming to listen to when I do.”
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