• WordNet 3.6
    • adj monotonous tediously repetitious or lacking in variety; all work and no play" "a humdrum existence","nothing is so monotonous as the sea"
    • adj monotonous sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch "the owl's faint monotonous hooting"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Monotonous Uttered in one unvarying tone; continued with dull uniformity; characterized by monotony; without change or variety; wearisome.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • monotonous Characterized by monotony; continued in the same tone without inflection or cadence; unvaried in tone.
    • monotonous Unvarying in any respect; tiresomely uniform.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Monotonous uttered in one unvaried tone: marked by dull uniformity
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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
Gr. ; mo`nos alone, single + tone. See Tone
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. monos, alone, tonos, a tone.


In literature:

Each tasted monotonously of the other.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
How monotonous to lie here, weak and useless!
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Life at the castle just at present was anything but monotonous.
"The Northern Light" by E. Werner
Hawes's monotonous chatter and crazy whimperings filled the tent every night.
"A Man's Woman" by Frank Norris
Life at Brent Rock was far from monotonous.
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
He infused new life into the monotonous harmony and well-worn modulations which had done duty for so many years.
"The Opera" by R.A. Streatfeild
The monotonous complaint of the bucksaw came to his ears.
"The Turtles of Tasman" by Jack London
Nature in her wealth gives us endless variety; man with his limitations is often monotonous.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
The wearisome, monotonous trudge began again.
"Combed Out" by Fritz August Voigt
The road continued through rather monotonous country, the altitude varying from 6,300 to 7,700 feet.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz

In poetry:

Like the long waves on a sea-beach,
Where the sand as silver shines,
With a soft, monotonous cadence,
Flow its unrhymed lyric lines;--
"By The Seaside : The Secret Of The Sea" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A day of fading light upon the sea;
Of sea-birds winging to their rocky caves;
And ever, with its monotone to me,
The sorrow of the waves.
"The Sorrow Of The Sea" by Alexander Anderson
I can't sleep, and there's no light,
Mirk all round and restless slumber,
Tickings near me without number,
Monotonous clock measuring night!
"Night Piece" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
A strain of music closed the tale,
A low, monotonous, funeral wail,
That with its cadence, wild and sweet,
Made the long Saga more complete.
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. Interlude V. " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Thro' his very grandest rhymes
Moved a mournful monotone --
Like a shadow eastward thrown
From a sunset -- like a moan
Tangled in a joy-bell's chimes.
"What Ails The World?" by Abram Joseph Ryan
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

In news:

Hat, cane, monotone, eye contact, soul patch.
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.
Baseball players and coaches utter the phrase so often it becomes monotonous, even trite.
If a work place turns monotonous without giving compliments to its employees, productivity can suffer.
A Monotonic Cyborg Learns to Say 'Pantsuit'.
If you're wondering why a monotone man in a classroom keeps spouting the name "Bueller" in succession despite the man's clear absence, we've finally got an answer: he's busy on the set of 'Modern Family' season 4.
Jarol Boan, MD, MPH, gives patient Gregory Grogan some educational materials on diet choices -- he had a monotonous diet and needed variety in his food choices.
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.
Interpol 's major-label debut, Our Love to Admire, isn't as monochrome (or monotonous) as its previous two albums.
So they languish in their miserably monotonous routines until finally comes the hour of their doom.
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 problem is that it's monotonously competent.
Now, his debut CD feels a bit monotonous as he tries on other tracks to recapture that single's homespun panache.

In science:

For those who are familiar with the notion of “monotone partition” defined by Muraki to classify quasi-universal products , we note that a mapping f : S −→ T which is an element of Π(S, T ) belongs to Π0(S, T ) if and only if it is a monotone partition, when S, T are finite linearly ordered set.
A simple proof for monotone CLT
Muraki, Monotonic independence, monotonic central limit theorem and monotonic law of small numbers, Infin.
A simple proof for monotone CLT
Apart from square arrays, of particular interest are lower- (upper-) triangular arrays related to monotone (anti-monotone) independence introduced by Muraki .
Asymptotic properties of random matrices and pseudomatrices
Analogous results hold for block-triangular arrays and lead to monotone independence (lower-block-triangular arrays) and anti-monotone independence (upper-blocktriangular arrays).
Asymptotic properties of random matrices and pseudomatrices
Muraki, Monotonic independence, monotonic central limit theorem and monotonic law of small numbers, Infin.
Asymptotic properties of random matrices and pseudomatrices