any simple, single-celled organism.
any of various small, flagellate, colorless ameboids with one to three flagella, especially of the genus Monas.
(in the metaphysics of Leibniz) an unextended, indivisible, and indestructible entity that is the basic or ultimate constituent of the universe and a microcosm of it.
(in the philosophy of Giordano Bruno) a basic and irreducible metaphysical unit that is spatially and psychically individuated.
any basic metaphysical entity, especially having an autonomous life.
a single unit or entity.
- mo·nad·ic [muh-nad-ik], /məˈnæd ɪk/, mo·nad·i·cal, mo·nad·al, adjective
- mo·nad·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use monad in a sentence
The me is a monad, that is, an indivisible unity; of this there can be no doubt.Fundamental Philosophy, Vol. I (of 2) | Jaime Luciano Balmes
From the monad proceeds an indefinite duad, which is subordinate to the monad as to its cause.A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5) | Henry Smith Williams
Genius watches the monad through all his masks as he performs the metempsychosis of nature.Essays, First Series | Ralph Waldo Emerson
In short, each monad is a little Leibniz for ever increasing the sum of its knowledge.History of Modern Philosophy | Alfred William Benn
All this carbon has played its part, and many parts in its time, as animal existences from monad up to man.Mistakes of Moses | Robert G. Ingersoll
British Dictionary definitions for monad
plural -ads or -ades (-əˌdiːz) philosophy
any fundamental singular metaphysical entity, esp if autonomous
(in the metaphysics of Leibnitz) a simple indestructible nonspatial element regarded as the unit of which reality consists
(in the pantheistic philosophy of Giordano Bruno) a fundamental metaphysical unit that is spatially extended and psychically aware
a single-celled organism, esp a flagellate protozoan
an atom, ion, or radical with a valency of one
- Also called (for senses 1, 2): monas
- monadical, adjective
- monadically, adverb
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