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.
monolith (plural monoliths)
- A large single block of stone, used in architecture and sculpture.
2012 January 1, Henry Petroski, “The Washington Monument”, in American Scientist, 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.
- Anything massive, uniform and unmovable.
- (chemistry, chromatography) A continuous stationary-phase cast as a homogeneous column in a single piece.
- monolithic adjective
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