Definition of monolithic in English:

monolithic

adjective

  • 1Formed of a single large block of stone.

    ‘later Byzantine columns were monolithic and usually made of marble’
    • ‘The ephemeral nature of Emmanuel's installation, which acts as a memorial, made a striking contrast with the 1970s monolithic Monument.’
    • ‘The war memorial, an exquisite monolithic stone pillar, was erected at this place in memory of the soldiers from the erstwhile Mysore state who laid down their lives in the war.’
    • ‘This is an ancient place where the flat landscape is broken by huge monolithic mountainous outcrops that silently remind you that this is how it's been for countless millennia.’
    • ‘This section was conceived as having been carved out of a single monolithic block.’
    • ‘Without warning the monolithic stone outcropping blew into a thousand fragments of flying rock.’
    • ‘Had the obelisk been successfully completed, it would be the single heaviest piece of monolithic stonework reaching about 42 m and weighing over 1168 tonnes.’
    • ‘Here the caged stone is simply a uniform external layer, but its monolithic appearance will be eventually transformed by vegetation implanted within it.’
    • ‘This 1980-81 piece is his last monolithic sculpture and his last to be of a single material.’
    • ‘Carved to represent Mt. Kailasa, the home of the god Shiva in the Himalayas, it is the largest monolithic structure in the world, carved top-down from a single rock.’
    1. 1.1(of a building) very large and characterless.
      ‘IPC moved the paper from Covent Garden to the monolithic King's Reach Tower’
      • ‘Yes, my parents did own a reasonably large home, nothing monolithic, but a shelter of fair fortune none the less.’
      • ‘It was still dark outside, though thin tendrils of light were warming the horizon, shining an eerie glow on the monolithic buildings to the south.’
      • ‘It seemed appropriate that he should be promoting the brash, monolithic towers that were once disliked but eventually grew on the locals.’
      • ‘For years the Dundee skyline was dominated by the monolithic tower blocks of the Ardler housing estate.’
      • ‘By the end of the 1800s and early 1900s, those small factories gave birth to the monolithic glass and steel mills that lined the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers.’
      • ‘We linger in the city's few remaining open spaces, desolate and serene as large monolithic apartment blocks overlook the fertile land like greedy developers.’
      • ‘It should be ugly, vast and monolithic, crude after the bewitching vagaries of the old town, but instead is a streamlined example of aesthetic integration, beautiful in its own right.’
      • ‘The vanguard is there already in the monolithic casino that dominates the harbour area, where the ferries from Hong Kong disgorge their passengers.’
      • ‘At the end of the path was a doorway, which led into one of the monolithic buildings.’
      • ‘The black, monolithic tower block, which is largely empty, is to be overhauled and the multi-storey car park demolished under current proposals.’
      • ‘The new galleries and studios are not Old-World museums which can be described as architectural wonders, or as monolithic buildings that have a story behind them.’
      • ‘According to Novak, the building's final design will have the sleek, monolithic look of a tall office tower.’
      • ‘Enormous monolithic buildings, windowless and scaleless, were separated by vast boulevards.’
      • ‘The design for the site has sought to avoid presenting to the river the hard edge of a single monolithic structure behind a fence.’
      • ‘The west side of the building is nearly monolithic, appearing impregnable, with ribbon windows and a sheer precipice of craggy stone.’
      • ‘It has also prevented historic palaces, forts, pavilions and gardens from being demolished and replaced with monolithic, monothematic facilities.’
      • ‘On thing which particularly fascinates me is how the large and monolithic buildings and other structures of the industrial age can be regenerated to form a part of modern cities.’
      • ‘However, such monolithic, single-structure buildings are a symbol of the inefficient central bureaucracies of the past.’
      • ‘Industrial buildings tend to be large, monolithic, brown, bulky, and not subtle.’
      • ‘It's a gargantuan, tightly-squeezed settlement of 16-lane roads, subway stations with 12 exits and looming, monolithic tower apartment blocks.’
  • 2(of an organization or system) large, powerful, indivisible, and slow to change.

    ‘rejecting any move towards a monolithic European superstate’
    • ‘If the government is considered monolithic, journalists can report its activities, in simply comprehended and coherent terms, as an adversary out of touch with popular sentiments.’
    • ‘Perhaps it makes the most sense to think of them as local blocs or local communities, but not as a nationally cohesive group that can be characterized as a monolithic voting bloc.’
    • ‘Epstein believes reporters err too often by viewing the operations of government as monolithic instead of the ‘product of diverse and competing’ interests.’
    • ‘Workfare regimes are not monolithic systems, but dynamic configurations of restless reform, technocratic emulation, and tangled scalar relations.’
    • ‘The culture of the police - the values, norms, perspectives, and craft rules that inform their conduct - is neither monolithic, universal nor unchanging.’
    • ‘The problem is that a society like autocratic 19th century St. Petersburg - like our monolithic and faceless corporate culture - doesn't work like that.’
    • ‘The different authors of the biographies seek to show that even within the tight confines of the monolithic party the individual loyal Communists proved to be different from one another in many ways.’
    • ‘We have a monolithic economy with very little vigour.’
    • ‘The phrase suggests a monolithic entity with a single purpose.’
    • ‘The media system is not monolithic - dissident material does appear, comparatively honest documentaries are seen.’
    • ‘The French army was not a monolithic organization.’
    • ‘A market, not being a monolithic institution, does not have a single set of goals against which one can compare its performance.’
    • ‘It is no longer the monolithic system based on large capital investment exemplified at its best by Hollywood in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.’
    • ‘Mainstream scientists dare not disagree with the monolithic block that is Darwinian orthodoxy.’
    • ‘This study breaks down this monolithic characterization of the administrative apparatus by moving officials from all levels to the forefront.’
    • ‘The military's hardly a monolithic organization, and you can always find someone in the service who didn't like one of his brothers in arms.’
    • ‘His commenters show the typically depressing blogger mindset of treating us journalists like a monolithic social block that all behave the same way.’
    • ‘With the movement against a monolithic world-economic system, people can once again see the enemy more clearly.’
    • ‘From the U.S. perspective, the concept of government-funded media has an air of propaganda and monolithic ideology.’
    • ‘It would, however, be a mistake to view all these characteristics of manliness and masculinity as monolithic and static.’
    inflexible, rigid, unbending, unchanging, intractable, immovable, impenetrable, fossilized, hidebound
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  • 3Electronics
    (of a solid-state circuit) composed of active and passive components formed in a single chip.

    ‘a video converter on a single monolithic chip’
    • ‘The monolithic processors in the desktop field will have a single diode.’
    • ‘The two approaches currently used for optical-component integration - hybrid and monolithic - both display distinct limitations.’
    • ‘Its application to electronics collected a number of well-known technologies to produce useful monolithic circuits.’
    • ‘The motion is sensed by an accelerometer disposed within the device that is formed of a monolithic integrated circuit chip.’
    • ‘His invention of the monolithic integrated circuit, the microchip, some 45 years ago laid the conceptual and technical foundation for the entire field of modern micro-electronics.’

Pronunciation:

monolithic

/mɒnəˈlɪθɪk/