monolith

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Wikipedia has articles on:
Wikipedia
Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French monolithe, from Latin monolithus(consisting of a single stone), from Ancient Greek μονόλιθος(monólithos), from μόνος(mónos, single, alone) + λίθος(líthos, stone); synchronically, mono- +‎ -lith.

Noun[edit]

monolith ‎(plural monoliths)

  1. A large single block of stone, used in architecture and sculpture.
    • 2012 January 1, Henry Petroski, “The Washington Monument”, in American Scientist[1], volume 100, number 1, page 16:
      The Washington Monument is often described as an obelisk, and sometimes even as a “true obelisk,” even though it is not. A true obelisk is a monolith, a pylon formed out of a single piece of stone.
  2. Anything massive, uniform and unmovable.
  3. (chemistry, chromatography) A continuous stationary-phase cast as a homogeneous column in a single piece.

Related terms[edit]

Translations[edit]

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.

References[edit]