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1. Music Having a single melodic line.
2. Electronics Relating to a system of transmitting, recording, or reproducing sound in which one or more sources are connected to a single channel; monaural.

mon′o·phon′i·cal·ly adv.
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1. (Electronics) Also: monaural (of a system of broadcasting, recording, or reproducing sound) using only one channel between source and loudspeaker. Sometimes shortened to: mono Compare stereophonic
2. (Music, other) music of or relating to a style of musical composition consisting of a single melodic line. See also monody3
monophony n
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(ˌmɒn əˈfɒn ɪk)

1. of or pertaining to monophony.
2. of or noting a system of sound recording and reproduction using only a single channel.
mon`o•phon′i•cal•ly, adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.monophonic - designating sound transmission or recording or reproduction over a single channelmonophonic - designating sound transmission or recording or reproduction over a single channel
electronics - the branch of physics that deals with the emission and effects of electrons and with the use of electronic devices
monaural - relating to or having or hearing with only one ear; "monaural deafness"
2.monophonic - consisting of a single melodic line
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
contrapuntal, polyphonic - having two or more independent but harmonically related melodic parts sounding together
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[ˌmɒnəʊˈfɒnɪk] ADJmonoaural, monofónico
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Tracing the path of the absent interlocutor, Tremblay demonstrates that the apparent one-sided structure of the monophonic epistolary novels is in fact a uniquely crafted dialogical structure founded on explicit and implicit references to the seemingly silent and absent writer.
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