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1. A large block of stone, especially one used in architecture or sculpture.
2. Something, such as a column or monument, made from one large block of stone.
3. An outcropping, cliff, or mountain having the appearance of a single block of stone: "On a waterway of grand pilot marks, the finest lay just ahead, Beacon Rock, a distinctive black monolith some eight hundred feet high" (William Least Heat-Moon).
4. Something suggestive of a large block of stone, as in immovability, massiveness, or uniformity: "Standing against a global Communism it took to be monolithic, the Pentagon wanted to be taken as a monolith" (William Carroll).
[French monolithe, from Greek monolithos, consisting of a single stone : mono-, mono- + lithos, stone.]
1. (Geological Science) a large block of stone or anything that resembles one in appearance, intractability, etc
2. (Art Terms) a statue, obelisk, column, etc, cut from one block of stone
3. (Civil Engineering) a large hollow foundation piece sunk as a caisson and having a number of compartments that are filled with concrete when it has reached its correct position
[C19: via French from Greek monolithos made from a single stone]
mon•o•lith(ˈmɒn ə lɪθ)
1. an obelisk, column, large statue, etc., formed of a single block of stone.
2. a single block or piece of stone of considerable size.
3. something having a uniform, massive, redoubtable, or inflexible quality or character.
a sculpture or monument made from a single large block of stone, as an Egyptian obelisk. — monolithic, adj.See also: Art
a single large block of stone used in architecture or sculpture. — monolithic, adj.See also: Stones
A single large block of stone as used in a prehistoric monument.
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|Noun||1.||monolith - a single great stone (often in the form of a column or obelisk)|
stone - building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose; "he wanted a special stone to mark the site"