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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.

Origin of monolithic

First recorded in 1815–25; monolith + -ic
Related formsmon·o·lith·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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)
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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