• WordNet 3.6
    • adj monotone sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch "the owl's faint monotonous hooting"
    • adj monotone of a sequence or function; consistently increasing and never decreasing or consistently decreasing and never increasing in value
    • n monotone an unchanging intonation
    • n monotone a single tone repeated with different words or different rhythms (especially in rendering liturgical texts)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Monotone (Mus) A single unvaried tone or sound.
    • Monotone (Rhet) The utterance of successive syllables, words, or sentences, on one unvaried key or line of pitch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n monotone In rhetoric, a sameness of tone; the utterance of successive syllables at one unvaried pitch, with little or no inflection or cadence.
    • n monotone Monotony or sameness of style in writing or speaking.
    • n monotone In music:
    • n monotone A single tone, without harmony or variation in pitch.
    • n monotone Recitation of words in such a tone, especially in a church service, sometimes with harmonic accompaniment and with occasional inflections or melodic variations; intoning; chanting. Monotone is a natural device for increasing the sonority of the voice, so that it may readily fill a large space, and is also thought by some to have a peculiar solemnity of effect. It is much used as an element in chanting.
    • n monotone Something spoken or written in one tone or strain.
    • monotone To recite in a single, unvaried tone; intone; chant. Strictly speaking, to monotone and to intone are not the same, the latter having a technical meaning in connection with Gregorian music; but in common usage they are made synonymous.
    • n monotone A single or uniform tint or color.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Monotone mon′ō-tōn a single, unvaried tone or sound: a succession of sounds having the same pitch: a piece of writing in one strain throughout
    • v.t., v.i Monotone to intone, chant
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  • Mark Twain
    “The human race was always interesting and we know by its past that it will always continue so, monotonously.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “Monotony is the law of nature. Look at the monotonous manner in which the sun rises. The monotony of necessary occupation is exhilarating and life giving.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.”
  • Mason Cooley
    Mason Cooley
    “The routines of tourism are even more monotonous than those of daily life.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Monotonous Monotony


In literature:

The devices of roguery are marvellously monotonous.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
But these become monotonous.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
It's getting rather monotonous.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
But as we passed through a flat though fertile country, this occupation was slightly monotonous.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
It is partly for this reason that I turn back to sketch the trivial and monotonous scenes of a winter in barracks.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. III, No. V, May, 1863" by Various
When he spoke, his voice was a monotone lacking any modulation of feeling.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
Mountains usually have a more elevating, religious influence than monotonous plains.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
Womankind in St. Ange was monotonous.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
How should she drag through a useless and monotonous existence in this dull place?
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
And even here "the settled gloom, the monotonous sadness," are most remarkable.
"Russia" by Various
Meanwhile the bells of the churches kept up a monotonous tolling.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
The sounds of savage revelry, too, were more subdued, though a hoarse, monotonous chant came up from below.
"Sunset Pass" by Charles King
The performance was getting monotonous, for the boys were standing around in a ring waiting to start.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
It is monotonous only to the monotonous.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
Nothing in every direction but a monotonous waste of yellow sand, rough stones and stunted grass.
"The Mask" by Arthur Hornblow
Preserves and jellies are factory made, so it gets pretty monotonous.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
Inattentive, mentally slow and inert, easily distracted, speech is monotone.
"The Measurement of Intelligence" by Lewis Madison Terman
The town itself is flat and monotonous, but it is large and wealthy and contains more than a million inhabitants.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The multiple destinations dwindle suddenly into a monotone.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
What was that monotonous sound dully vibrating through the jungle?
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart

In poetry:

There's music in the rain,
As on the roof it drops,
And its monotonous tap, tap
Beats on the window pane;
Or murmuring it stops
A moment on the dripping eaves.
"The Music Of The Rain" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
He did not hear the monotonous roar that fills
The ravine where the Yassîn river sullenly flows;
He did not see the starlight on the Laspur hills,
Or the far Afghan snows.
"He Fell Among Thieves" by Sir Henry Newbolt
Singing louder and ever louder. But all at once
The chorus gives way to the sweetest voice,
A single and lonely singer, whose crystal runs
Charm our ears with a magic, monotonous noise.
"The Nightjars" by Edward Shanks
Merville across the plain gleamed white,
The thronged still air gave never a sound,
Only, monotonous untoned
The bell of grief and lost delight.
Gay leaves slow fluttered to the ground.
"Toussaints (ToJ.W.H.)" by Ivor Gurney
Eternal autumn gilds the trees whereon
an ardent twilight lengthens endlessly.
In a warm strong wind the leaves whirl on and on
while unremitting rays fall from a sky
monotonous and wan.
"Elysian Landscape" by Clark Ashton Smith
The word is said, I turn to go,
But on the threshold seem to hear
A sound as of a passing bell,
Tolling monotonous and slow,
Which strikes despair upon my ear,
And says it is a last farewell.
"A Presentiment" by Robert Fuller Murray

In news:

But in the telling, the details of such relationships, like cute baby stories and sexual specifics, tend to be embarrassing and remarkably monotonous.
Clay Shirky's Cognitive Surplus is the latest monotonous revery about the Internet social revolution.
'Game of Thrones': Great story brought down by monotonous voice-acting, weak gameplay.
Journaling can be fun, but everyday journaling can be tedious, monotonous and boring.
She has a monotonous job at a rose plantation.
He mouths wan rhymes in a pinched monotone that sounds more like a microphone check than a final take.
MOSCOW—When the sentence came, it was after three hours of Judge Marina Syrova monotonously reading aloud the entire tale of Pussy Riot's encounter with the law.
The essential assumption is that sensor distortions are strictly monotonous.
At Camp 14, prison life was a monotonous routine of hunger and hard work.
What I had anticipated would be a mundane, tedious and monotonous experience turned out to be interesting and very informative.
OK, I'm not a fan of the Miami Dolphins, or that monotonous "Call Me Maybe " song, but I gotta tell you, for some reason I almost made it to the end of this video.
The singing sounds very '90s — very dated — and it's also a little monotone.
The problem is that it's monotonously competent.
At the Great Escape yesterday, I wanted to see how many trips you had to take on The Comet before it started getting monotonous.
I'm sick of Obama and his monotone.

In science:

For monotonic equations of state ρ(p), ρ(v) is monotonic as well (the converse also being true).
(In)finiteness of Spherically Symmetric Static Perfect Fluids
The monotonicity (6.6) is easy to prove, and is an analogue of the Bishop-Gromov volume monotonicity (2.12).
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
Monotonic independence, monotonic central limit theorem and monotonic law of small numbers.
Limit theorems and absorption problems for quantum random walks in one dimension
Our reason for introducing r1 and r2 is that certain random sets (described below) are monotone in these r1 and r2 — so that the FKG inequality applies — even though they are not monotone in r .
Random Surfaces
Particularly interesting are thresholds for monotone properties, of which connectivity is a classic example. A seminal result of Friedgut and Kalai states that all monotone graph properties have a sharp threshold in Bernoulli random graphs, and the threshold width is δ(ε) = O(log ε−1 / log n).
Monotone properties of random geometric graphs have sharp thresholds
We call a stratification of a subset of Rn monotonic if all its strata are monotonic.
On o-minimality of extensions of $\R$ by restricted generic smooth functions
For each p ∈ R − C , π−1 (p) ∩ M has the monotonic Whitney stratification Mp = {π−1 (p) ∩ S : S ∈ M}, whose strata are monotonic by Lemma 1.3.
On o-minimality of extensions of $\R$ by restricted generic smooth functions
By O-minimality, r is piecewise monotone; since P is a complete type, r is monotone, say decreasing.
Integration in valued fields
Moreover, it is easily a subset of C(X, R ) which separates the points of X , v ∈ E \ {0} and Ln a sequence seen that both operators are monotonically regular. of monotonical ly regular operators of C(X, E ).
Extension of Bernstein Polynomials to Infinite Dimensional Case
We first define monotone properties and the strong and weak thresholds for the cutoff distance r for monotone properties.
On the topological Properties of the One Dimensional Exponential Random Geometric Graph
Inverting the AUSO also changes a monotone decreasing function λQ : Q → Z into a monotone increasing function λS : S → Z and a decreasing direct successor becomes a decreasing direct predecessor.
The Random Edge Simplex Algorithm on Dual Cyclic 4-Polytopes
Then Φ(γα |[q,qi ] ) is horizontal monotone by (35) and Φ(γβ |[q,qj ] ) is vertical monotone by (36).
The Random Edge Simplex Algorithm on Dual Cyclic 4-Polytopes
Going to the inverse exchanges the sets Q and S , the functions λW (defined on Q) become monotone increasing (on S ), thus (−λW ) is monotone decreasing (on S ).
The Random Edge Simplex Algorithm on Dual Cyclic 4-Polytopes
Monotone complexity [45, 55] does not resolve this, since the universal monotone machine guarantees only the converse implication: πx ⊑ πy =⇒ x ⊑ y .
Dimension Extractors and Optimal Decompression
This increases monotonically up to n = r2 and then decreases monotonically. m = r2 + γ rα is on the latter part.
Zeros of Random Analytic Functions