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Origin of mono-
WORDS THAT USE MONO-
What does mono- mean?
Mono- is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “alone, singular, one.” It is used in a great many technical and scientific terms, including in chemistry, where it refers to compounds containing one atom of a particular element.
Mono- comes from the Greek mónos, meaning “alone.”
What are variants of mono-?
When combined with words or word elements that begin with a vowel, mono- becomes mon-, as in monacid.
Examples of mono-
An example of a word you may have encountered that features mono- is monolith, “an obelisk, column, large statue, etc., formed of a single block of stone.” The word comes from the Greek monólithos, which uses the equivalent of the form mono-.
We know mono- means “one,” so what about the -lith portion of the word? That’s right, -lith refers to “stone,” from the Greek líthos. Monolith literally translates to “single stone.”
What are some words that use the combining form mono-?
The following words use the equivalent forms of mono- in Latin or Greek:
What are some other forms that mono- may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters mono- or mon- is necessarily using the combining form mono- to denote “one,” e.g., monitor and monumental. Learn more about the Latin root of these words at our entries for them.
How to use mono in a sentence
The official diagnosis: a mono-like virus that makes you really, really tired.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush|Sujay Kumar|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The exclusive packages, which include glass, a frame and shade, a mono earbud, and a case, will launch June 23.Net-a-Porter to Sell Google Glass; Suzy Menkes Talks Fashion Criticism in First 'Vogue' Column|The Fashion Beast Team|June 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Most recently—and most notably—there is Miles Davis: The Original Mono Recordings.Classic Miles Davis Recordings Reveal New Beauty in Their Classic Mono Format|Malcolm Jones|December 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
In mono form, the tone is unified, and the sound is more enclosed and less precision tooled.New Dylan Recordings Unveiled|Sean Wilentz|August 24, 2010|DAILY BEAST
A mono-cell, the amoeba, was able to reproduce itself by the simple stratagem of sub-division.
The night was broken with drunken yells, the random discharge of fire-arms, and the mono-tone of heavy feet.A Cumberland Vendetta|John Fox, Jr.
As the distance decreases, the echo repeats fewer syllables till it becomes mono-syllabic.The New Gresham Encyclopedia|Various
Some models are equipped with a di-pole or mono-pole antenna mounted at the cabinet back.Zenith Television Receiver Operating Manual|Zenith Radio Corporation
Since the name "mono" indicates one it is best to think of it as one plane although it may be in two parts.The Romance of War Inventions|Thomas W. Corbin