- of or having one color.
- of, relating to, or having tones of one color in addition to the ground hue: monochromatic pottery.
- Optics. pertaining to light of one color or to radiation of a single wavelength or narrow range of wavelengths.
- Ophthalmology. of or relating to monochromatism.
Origin of monochromatic
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Examples from the Web for monochromatic
One editor who read an early submission referred to it as “monochromatic,” which clearly meant “boring.”How I Write: Elena Gorokhova
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How could a supposedly savvy political operation assemble such a monochromatic room?Poll Question: Does the Obama Campaign Have a Diversity Problem?
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He portrayed Cecilia against a monochromatic background, holding a white ermine - an enigmatic feature with multiple meanings.London’s National Gallery Opens the Exhibition of the Century
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The monochromatic man of letters himself bounded on stage to a burst of applause.A Big Night for Books
November 18, 2010
Filmed in Riga, Latvia, in monochromatic, sepia tones, the film evokes a world drained of life and color.The Female 'Schindler'
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The vapour from the mixture ignites and we have a monochromatic flame.Fragments of science, V. 1-2
You can't get monochromatic light, because light can't be monochromatic.The Ultimate Weapon
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Pauline is the same Pauline who wanted to draw in monochromatic drawing.How To Do It
Edward Everett Hale
Monochromatic painting upon pottery, familiar to the primitive Ionians, seems to have originated upon the Syro-Phnician coasts.History of Ancient Art
Franz von Reber
Imagine P to be surrounded in the first instance by a glass shade which transmits only monochromatic red light.Curiosities of Light and Sight
- Also: homochromatic (of light or other electromagnetic radiation) having only one wavelength
- physics (of moving particles) having only one kinetic energy
- of or relating to monochromatism
- a person who is totally colour-blind
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Word Origin and History for monochromatic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Having or appearing to have only one color.
- Of or relating to a pure spectral color of a single wavelength.
- Of or exhibiting achromatopsia.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
- Consisting of a single wavelength of light or other radiation. Lasers, for example, usually produce monochromatic light.
- Having or appearing to have only one color. Compare polychromatic.
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