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  1. of or relating to a monolith.
  2. made of only one stone: a monolithic column.
  3. consisting of one piece; solid or unbroken: a boat with a monolithic hull.
  4. constructed of monoliths or huge blocks of stone: the monolithic monuments of the New Stone Age.
  5. characterized by massiveness, total uniformity, rigidity, invulnerability, etc.: a monolithic society.
  6. Electronics. of or relating to an integrated circuit formed in a single chip.
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Origin of monolithic

First recorded in 1815–25; monolith + -ic
Related formsmon·o·lith·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words for monolithic

imposing, hulking, big, bulky, colossal, consistent, elephantine, enormous, gargantuan, giant, gigantic, grand, great, huge, immense, immovable, mammoth, permanent, solid, titanic

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British Dictionary definitions for monolithic


  1. of, relating to, or like a monolith
  2. characterized by hugeness, impenetrability, or intractabilitya monolithic government
  3. electronics (of an integrated circuit) having all components manufactured into or on top of a single chip of siliconSee hybrid (def. 6)
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Derived Formsmonolithically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for monolithic


1825, "formed of a single block," from monolith + -ic. Figurative use from 1920.

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