One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a function or quantity) varying in such a way that it either never decreases or never increases.
- ‘In contrast to an undiluted probe surface, the hybridization signals exhibited a tendency of monotonic decrease with increasing ionic strength.’
- ‘The number above each segment gives the rank of the absolute value of the monotonic increase or decrease.’
- ‘What leads us astray is the assumption that interval calculations can be based on end points alone, which is true only for monotonic functions.’
- ‘The S-N curve for a pure metal will be a monotonic function with N increasing as stress decreases.’
- ‘The logarithm is only one of many nonlinear but monotonic functions that can be applied to measurements prior to analysis.’
2Speaking or uttered with an unchanging pitch or tone.‘her dour, monotonic husband’
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