- 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
Historical Examples of monad
Is the Pythagorean image of the harmony, or that of the monad, the truer expression?Phaedo
Pythagoras held that the unit or monad is the principle and end of all.Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing
George Barton Cutten
In what then do these unities differ from the Uniqueness (or Monad)?Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 2
By wanting to be, the monad makes itself the elephant, the eagle, or the man.Exotics and Retrospectives
There is nothing of caprice, of peculiarity, in the content of the 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
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.