Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • Monotonous.
  • Pertaining to a monotone; uttered in a monotone; also, capable of producing but a single tone, as a drum.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective of a sequence or function; consistently increasing and never decreasing or consistently decreasing and never increasing in value
  • adjective sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch

Etymologies

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

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