from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of minute flagellate Infusoria of which there are many species, both free and attached. See Illust. under monad.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A monad; a monadiform infusorian.
  • n. [capitalized] The typical genus of Monadidæ. M. lens is an example.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a singular metaphysical entity from which material properties are said to derive


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  • The proper signification of the word monas (as employed by Leibnitz) ought to relate to the simple, given immediately as simple substance (for example, in consciousness), and not as an element of the composite.

    The Critique of Pure Reason

  • Red-sugar-dusted breads in the shape of a woman lying with her arms crossed, called "monas," are also popular.

    NY Daily News

  • Bastian, the "monas" of O.F. Müller, the "bioplast" of Professor Beale, etc., are essentially one and the same thing, except in name.

    Life: Its True Genesis

  • The range of apartments beyond this one brought very forcibly to my mind, the gloomy cells of a monas:

    Sporting Sketches

  • Unit (monas) and Number (arithmos) 10.1 Background

    Aristotle and Mathematics

  • The ideals of Citeaux, under Saint Bernard (d. 1153) were the focus of monas - ticism in the first half of the twelfth century.


  • [Greek: "Ou gar esti theou hae gaerus oude ho phthoggos, oude he lexis, oude to metron, alla taes yunaikos: ekeinos de monas tas phantasias paristaesi, kau phos en tae psuchae poiei pros to mellon."]

    Notes and Queries, Number 45, September 7, 1850

  • Monad, the Man; the First Source, the unknown God (Bythos pleroma, ouk on theos, propator, monas, anthropos, proarche, hagnostos theos), or by whatever other name it might be called.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 6: Fathers of the Church-Gregory XI

  • Being, God at the summit of the hierarchy; or is there but one reality (monas, hence monism), one All-God (pan-theos) of whom each individual is but a member or fragment (Substantialistic Pantheism), or else a force, or energy (Dynamic Pantheism)?

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Adjoining to the consecrated hill, whose antique tower resists the ravages of time, once stood a monas - [Page 2] tery of monks of the order of St. Augustine.

    Memoirs of Mary Robinson


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