[mon-uh-kroh-mat-ik, -oh-kruh-]


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

First recorded in 1815–25; mono- + chromatic
Related formsmon·o·chro·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbmon·o·chro·ma·tic·i·ty [mon-uh-kroh-muh-tis-i-tee] /ˌmɒn əˌkroʊ məˈtɪs ɪ ti/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for monochromatic

monochrome, homogenous, consistent, homologous, invariant, flush, regular

Examples from the Web for monochromatic

Contemporary Examples of monochromatic

Historical Examples of monochromatic

  • The vapour from the mixture ignites and we have a monochromatic flame.

  • You can't get monochromatic light, because light can't be monochromatic.

    The Ultimate Weapon

    John Wood Campbell

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for monochromatic


monochroic (ˌmɒnəʊˈkrəʊɪk)


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
Derived Formsmonochromatically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for monochromatic

1807, from mono- + chromatic, or from monochrome + -atic. Related: Monochromatically (1784).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

monochromatic in Medicine




Having or appearing to have only one color.
Of or relating to a pure spectral color of a single wavelength.
Of or exhibiting achromatopsia.
Related formsmon′o•chro•mati•cal•ly adv.
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monochromatic in Science



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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