from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Uniformity or lack of variation in pitch, intonation, or inflection.
- n. Tedious sameness or repetitiousness: the monotony of daily routine.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Tedium as a result of repetition or a lack of variety.
- n. The property of a monotonic function.
- n. The quality of having an unvarying tone or pitch.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A frequent recurrence of the same tone or sound, producing a dull uniformity; absence of variety, as in speaking or singing.
- n. Any irksome sameness, or want of variety.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Uniformity of tone or sound; want of inflections of voice in speaking or reading; want of cadence or modulation; monotone.
- n. Tiresome uniformity or lack of variation in any respect; sameness; want of variety.
- n. In mathematics:
- n. Continual increase, or continual decrease.
- n. Unchanging character, neither increasing nor decreasing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of wearisome constancy, routine, and lack of variety
- n. constancy of tone or pitch or inflection
Greek monotoniā, from monotonos, monotonous; see monotonous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the post-Classical Latin monotonia and its etymon the Ancient Greek μονοτονία (monotonia, "sameness of tone”, “monotony"); compare the French monotonie and the Italian monotonia, as well as the later English monotone. (Wiktionary)