- 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.
Origin of monad
Examples from the Web for monad
As a matter of fact, it is a puzzle based on the principle contained in that curious Chinese symbol the Monad.Amusements in Mathematics|Henry Ernest Dudeney
Still higher ascends the life of the monad when it attains to sensation and memory, as is the case in the animal kingdom.A History of Philosophy in Epitome|Albert Schwegler
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
The monad is literally the many in the one; it is the answer to the inquiry of Greek philosophy.
Only one minimum is absolutely so named,—God as the monad of monads.Giordano Bruno|James Lewis McIntyre
- 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
Word Origin for monad
"unity, arithmetical unit," 1610s, from Late Latin monas (genitive monadis), from Greek monas "unit," from monos "alone" (see mono-). In Leibnitz's philosophy, "an ultimate unit of being" (1748). Related: Monadic.