Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of or using the Greek system of diacritics which discards the breathings and employs a single accent to indicate stress.
  • adj. said of a function that either never decreases or never increases as its independent variable increases.
  • adj. Uttered in a monotone; monotonous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or uttered in, a monotone; monotonous.
  • adj. Always increasing or always decreasing, as the value of the independent variable increases; -- of a function.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Monotonous.
  • Pertaining to a monotone; uttered in a monotone; also, capable of producing but a single tone, as a drum.
  • Homogeneous; in marine zoölogy an aggregation of organisms is said to be monotonic if some one species, genus, or family forms more than one half of the total volume.

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

Etymologies

From Modern Greek μονοτονικός, derived from Ancient Greek μόνος ("single") plus τονικός ("accented"). (Wiktionary)

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