• WordNet 3.6
    • n monolith a single great stone (often in the form of a column or obelisk)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Monolith A single stone, especially one of large size, shaped into a pillar, statue, or monument.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n monolith A single stone; by extension, any structure or object in stone formed of a single piece: it may be an independent monument standing alone, as an Egyptian obelisk, or a menhir, or any part of a structure, as a column.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Monolith mon′ō-lith a pillar, or column, of a single stone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. monolithe, L. monolithus, consisting of a single stone, Gr. ; mo`nos single + li`qos stone
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. monos, alone, lithos, a stone.


In literature:

Few traces remain, as the monoliths have been largely broken up for building purposes.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
A mile above the camp stands one of the most remarkable monoliths of the region.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
There are minarets, monoliths, domes, spires, and shapeless fragments.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
In the vicinity there are the remains of a Druid circle, of large upright monoliths.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 122, December, 1867" by Various
Here and there a monolith of stone stood up out from the main cliff, spiring for a hundred feet or more.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
At one point a huge monolith of such floe-ice rose high into the air.
"Farthest North" by Fridtjof Nansen
The nave and choir together are of five bays, with a pointed arcade on monolithic pillars.
"The Shores of the Adriatic" by F. Hamilton Jackson
And now the task of placing the huge monolith in position begins.
"Legends & Romances of Brittany" by Lewis Spence
There are monoliths, short underground passages, duolithic altars, and rude pyramids.
"The Recipe for Diamonds" by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
The boulders are some of them upright and dead like monolithic castles, some of them prone like sleeping cattle.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XXII (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
This will brace the walls against the pressure of water within the monolith.
"The Industrial Canal and Inner Harbor of New Orleans" by Thomas Ewing Dabney
Monolith (cuts), 173, 175.
"The Story of Extinct Civilizations of the West" by Robert E. Anderson
In the Roman temples the shafts were very often monoliths.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
On either side of the avenue were monoliths, irregularly spaced and of different sizes and heights but following an apparently orderly plan.
"The Legion of Lazarus" by Edmond Hamilton
Towering thirty feet above the others were two monoliths standing a few feet apart.
"Day of the Druid" by Knut Enferd
A sort of hollow monolith raised on a plinth of three steps.
"On the Face of the Waters" by Flora Annie Steel
In the graveyard stands a venerable monolith, much older than the church itself.
"Nooks and Corners of Pembrokeshire" by H. Thornhill Timmins
The most impressive examples are the two huge monoliths which guard the ascent to the famous high place at Petra.
"Biblical Geography and History" by Charles Foster Kent
And what are the giant monoliths?
"The Affair at the Inn" by Kate Douglas Wiggin
It contains 4,000 tons of granite and is practically monolithic, as if it were carved out of a quarry.
"The Pillar of Light" by Louis Tracy

In poetry:

Foul snake and speckled adder with their young
ones crawl from stone to stone
For ruined is the house and prone the great
rose-marble monolith!
"The Sphinx" by Oscar Wilde
if he succeeded, why, the Generalised Life
would become impossible, the monolith
of State be broken and prevented
the co-operation of avengers.
"In Memory of Sigmund Freud " by W H Auden
Though many pass, yet few record
Their names in characters sublime,
By grand achievement, work or word
Upon the monolith of Time;
But few inscribe a lasting name
On the eternal cliffs of Fame.
"Fame." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

Starting with a generator driven neon sign, then a high-powered projection and for this year a 6.4-foot polished stainless steel monolith that took four guys to move.
But the Tea Party is no monolith .
And yet still, female voters are treated as some exotic, monolithic voter group, indicating that females still have a long way to go politically.
Chinese Communist Party not monolithic, united entity.
Reputation and Monolith, Both Stand Tall.
Most of the time, we think of Microsoft Exchange Server databases as being big, monolithic chunks of information.
Some of us at the recent MARTS 2009 Conference had been under the impression that we were facing an energy crisis of monolithic proportions.
Far from a monolithic relationship, Iran and the United States have spent as many decades as friends as they have as enemies.
The self is typically a community of selves, not a single monolith.
On Florida's ' anything but monolithic' Hispanic voters.
Despite the impression often given by the Western media, conservative opinion in Iran is far from monolithic.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. A Canadian climber is recuperating from a mild case of hypothermia after being stranded in a snow storm on the largest granite monolith in the world.
Ideal for rugged military environments, model DTO-218-CD-1 is a digitally tuned oscillator (DTO) from Planar Monolithics that operates from 2 to 18 GHz with low drift and high spectral purity.
SEATTLE – Throughout the night, Aziz N'Diaye was a monolith in the middle for Washington.
Throughout the night, Aziz N’Diaye was a monolith in the middle for Washington.

In science:

MONOLITH should have excellent capabilities for observing an oscillation dip, as well as matter effects .
Neutrino Oscillation Workshop 2000: Conference Summary
Three main processes have been invoked for the mass assembly of galaxies: monolithic collapse (MC), hierarchical merging (HS) and external gas accretion associated with secular evolution (SE).
Secular Evolution of Galaxies
Even at small zenith distances, for a monolithic telescope the goal of µas astrometry is unlikely to be attained.
Astrometric Methods and Instrumentation to Identify and Characterize Extrasolar Planets: A Review
This fact has also been taken as evidence that at least some galaxies formed in a rapid monolithic collapse, rather than building up steadily in a prolonged sequence of mergers.
Galaxy Collisions - Dawn of a New Era
The results provided here are for a monolithic survey strategy but real surveys will have more complicated topology.
Do measurements of the one-point distribution of aperture-mass improve constraints on cosmology ?
But this is a debated issue, known as the “hierarchical versus monolithical” controversy.
Cosmological parameters from Galaxy Clusters: an Introduction
The INO basic motivation is the study of atmospheric neutrinos like with MONOLITH; a future use in a very long baseline experiment with a ν -factory is envisaged.
Future neutrino oscillation facilities
The cluster sample used here was selected from a larger sample of X-ray luminous clusters of galaxies which were imaged using monolithic 20482 CCD detectors and/or the 81922 UH8K mosaic CCD camera.
The Cluster Mass Function from Weak Gravitational Lensing
One of the implications is that the dense central parts of the biggest galaxies, which is where observations are likely to be concentrated10 were put together so early that the product can look like that of a monolithic collapse (Lintott et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
The Milky Way arguably works that way (Bica et al. 2006), with the red ones coming from an initial monolithic collapse and the blue ones (mostly at larger galactocentric radii) from mergers with metal-poorer entities.
Astrophysics in 2006
The coilgun consists of 64 individually triggered solenoids, all mounted on a monolithic aluminum support structure.
Stopping Supersonic Beams with an Atomic Coilgun
The telescope consists of up to six planes of monolithic active pixel sensors. A flexible data acquisition environment is available for the telescope and the system is equipped with all the required infrastructure.
Summary of One Year Operation of the EUDET CMOS Pixel Telescope
An advanced pixilated multi-layer vertex detector is planned for the linear collider. The time structure of the ILC necessitates an extremely fast readout of the vertex detector. Monolithic CMOS pixel detectors allow extremely fast non-sequential readout of only those pixels that have hits in them.
Status of the Chronopixel Project
Detailed design of the first prototype of the Monolithic CMOS detector, called Chronopixel, was completed by SARNOFF in January 2007.
Status of the Chronopixel Project
Since the length of the two cavities is defined by a single monolithic block, drifts due to thermal expansion are largely the same for both resonators and thus cancel in a measurement of the difference frequency.
Rotating optical cavity experiment testing Lorentz invariance at the 10^{-17} level