from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. having a single unvaried pitch
- adj. property of a function to be either always decreasing or always increasing
- n. A single unvaried tone of speech or a sound
- v. To speak in a monotone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A single unvaried tone or sound.
- n. The utterance of successive syllables, words, or sentences, on one unvaried key or line of pitch.
from The 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.
- n. Something spoken or written in one tone or strain.
- To recite in a single, unvaried tone; intone; chant.
- n. A single or uniform tint or color.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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 Greek monotonos, monotonous; see monotonous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)