- 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.
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Origin of monad
OTHER WORDS FROM monadmo·nad·ic [muh-nad-ik], /məˈnæd ɪk/, mo·nad·i·cal, mo·nad·al, adjectivemo·nad·i·cal·ly, adverb
Words nearby monad
Example sentences from the Web for monad
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
- 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