[ mon-uh-kroh-mat-ik, -oh-kruh- ]
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  1. of or having one color.

  2. of, relating to, or having tones of one color in addition to the ground hue: monochromatic pottery.

  1. Optics. pertaining to light of one color or to radiation of a single wavelength or narrow range of wavelengths.

  2. Ophthalmology. of or relating to monochromatism.

Origin of monochromatic

First recorded in 1815–25; mono- + chromatic

Other words from monochromatic

  • mon·o·chro·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • mon·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. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for monochromatic


monochroic (ˌmɒnəʊˈkrəʊɪk)

/ (ˌmɒnəʊkrəʊˈmætɪk) /

  1. Also: homochromatic (of light or other electromagnetic radiation) having only one wavelength

  2. physics (of moving particles) having only one kinetic energy

  1. of or relating to monochromatism

  1. a person who is totally colour-blind

Derived forms of monochromatic

  • monochromatically, adverb

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Scientific definitions for monochromatic


[ mŏn′ə-krō-mătĭk ]

  1. Consisting of a single wavelength of light or other radiation. Lasers, for example, usually produce monochromatic light.

  2. Having or appearing to have only one color. Compare polychromatic.

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