- an obelisk, column, large statue, etc., formed of a single block of stone.
- a single block or piece of stone of considerable size, especially when used in architecture or sculpture.
- something having a uniform, massive, redoubtable, or inflexible quality or character.
Origin of monolith
Examples from the Web for monolith
Abrams against harnessed that monolith them, the American Jewish leaders, whom Abrams presumed to speak for.Does Elliott Abrams Speak For American Jewish Leaders?
August 13, 2013
The Palestinian monolith will never accept Israel, Romney's saying.Romney's Vision: A Greater Israel
September 18, 2012
With a computer that goes bad and the mystery of the monolith and the indescribable ending that nobody could understand.William Shatner's 10 Favorite Space Movies
October 10, 2011
Hey, you remember that scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey, where the monkeys were puzzling over the monolith?Regis Philbin's 11 Funniest Moments
January 18, 2011
Its personality cult, rigid conformity and fire-breathing rhetoric notwithstanding, North Korea is not a monolith.He's Not the Crazy One
July 13, 2009
The whole company bent their efforts to displacing the monolith.The Works of Theophile Gautier, Volume 5
Above us was a tower of rock,—another 'tor,' I suppose, if not a 'monolith.'The Affair at the Inn
Kate Douglas Wiggin
To this we must answer that every colossus as yet discovered in Egypt is a monolith.A history of art in ancient Egypt, Vol. I (of 2)
It is a monolith, cut from a block of stone about eleven feet in height.Korean Buddhism
The total height of the monument is 52-1/4 feet, and that of the monolith about 20 feet.Jerusalem Explored, Volume I--Text</p>
- a large block of stone or anything that resembles one in appearance, intractability, etc
- a statue, obelisk, column, etc, cut from one block of stone
- a large hollow foundation piece sunk as a caisson and having a number of compartments that are filled with concrete when it has reached its correct position
Word Origin and History for monolith
"column consisting of a single large block of stone," 1848, from French monolithe (16c.), from Latin monolithus (adj.) "consisting of a single stone," from Greek monolithos "made of one stone," from monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + lithos "stone." Transferred and figurative use is from 1934.