From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search


English Wikipedia has an article on:



From French monolithique; by surface analysis, monolith +‎ -ic.





monolithic (comparative more monolithic, superlative most monolithic)

  1. Of or resembling a monolith.
  2. (engineering) Consisting of a single piece of homogeneous material as opposed to a composite material or an assembly of multiple parts.
    A monolithic chunk of titanium with facets for cutting, wrenching, and prying.
  3. (figurative) Having a massive, unchanging structure that does not permit individual variation.
    Synonym: homogeneous
    Mainstream culture is hardly the monolithic block that its caricaturization often implies.
    • 2017, Adam Rutherford, A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived, The Experiment, →ISBN, page 71:
      Farming today is industrial, and dominated by monolithic corporations who control almost all the food we eat.
  4. (figurative) Of a single structure, a singular component; instead of an assembly.
    Monolithic space stations only have a single station module.
  5. (software engineering) Consisting of a single program or codebase.
    Antonym: modular
    Monolithic kernels perform all operating system duties in kernel space.
    • 2020, L. S. Jayashree, G. Selvakumar, Getting Started with Enterprise Internet of Things [] , Springer Nature, →ISBN, page 103:
      In the monolithic architecture software system is deployed as a single solution, in which functionally distinguishable aspects are all interwoven.

Derived terms