• WordNet 3.6
    • n monotony constancy of tone or pitch or inflection
    • n monotony the quality of wearisome constancy, routine, and lack of variety "he had never grown accustomed to the monotony of his work","he was sick of the humdrum of his fellow prisoners","he hated the sameness of the food the college served"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Monotony A frequent recurrence of the same tone or sound, producing a dull uniformity; absence of variety, as in speaking or singing.
    • Monotony Any irksome sameness, or want of variety. "At sea, everything that breaks the monotony of the surrounding expanse attracts attention."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n monotony Uniformity of tone or sound; want of inflections of voice in speaking or reading; want of cadence or modulation; monotone.
    • n monotony Tiresome uniformity or lack of variation in any respect; sameness; want of variety.
    • n monotony In mathematics:
    • n monotony Continual increase, or continual decrease.
    • n monotony Unchanging character, neither increasing nor decreasing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Monotony dull uniformity of tone or sound: want of modulation in speaking or reading:
    • n Monotony (fig.) irksome sameness or want of variety
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  • Lord Byron
    “No more we meet in yonder bowers Absence has made me prone to roving; But older, firmer hearts than ours, Have found monotony in loving.”
  • Margaret Sackville
    Margaret Sackville
    “When all is said and done, monotony may after all be the best condition for creation.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Be true to your own act and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant to break the monotony of a decorous age.”
  • Vance Packard
    Vance Packard
    “Rock 'n Roll is monotony tinged with hysteria.”
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
    “It is equality of monotony which makes the strength of the British Isles.”
  • Francis Picabia
    “Nature is unfair? So much the better, inequality is the only bearable thing, the monotony of equality can only lead us to boredom.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. : cf. F. monotonie,. See Monotonius
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. monos, alone, tonos, a tone.


In literature:

And yet, in spite of its monotony, humanity is perennially interesting to itself.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
This peaceful monotony, however, was rudely shattered.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
The day wore on with protracted suffering and monotony.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
But the constant use of short, simple sentences produces a disagreeable monotony.
"Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism" by F. V. N. Painter
And, indeed, Montaigne's daily life, with outward monotony and internal variety, was a pleasant miscellany on which to comment.
"A History of French Literature" by Edward Dowden
It breaks the monotony of prison life, and many more volunteer than are needed for this work.
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton
Six wives may have contributed a little towards overcoming the extreme monotony of life in the place.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
Change the theory about uniformity, and you remove monotony from the industrial world.
"Psychology and Social Sanity" by Hugo Münsterberg
The monotony of the desk became odious to them.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
But I know you won't suffer from monotony with Berta and Beatrice in the same study.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz

In poetry:

'Dustman, dustman!'
He never varies from one pace,
And the monotony of time
Is in his face.
"The Dustman" by Bliss William Carman
So fair, that all the morning aches
With such monotony!
So brief, that sadness breaks
The brittle spell.
"Fair And Brief" by John Freeman
All through the tepid Summer night
The starless sky had poured a cool
Monotony of pleasant rain
In music beautiful.
"Clouds" by Madison Julius Cawein
So weary was she of her lot,
Tired of the ship's monotony,
She straightway all the world forgot
Save the young swimmer in the sea
"The First Lover" by Laurence Hope
And years--dull years--in dull monotony
As ever went and came,
Still weaving changes on unceasingly,
And changing, changed her name.
"Man's Devotion" by James Whitcomb Riley
Nor less renown'd whom stars invet'rate doom
To smiles eternal, or eternal gloom;
For what's a character save one confin'd
To some unchanging sameness of the mind;
To some strange, fix'd monotony of mien,
Or dress forever brown, forever green?
"Eccentricity" by Washington Allston

In news:

Instructor Tanya Nuchols said Zumba is a fresh take on the monotony of traditional aerobics classes.
I went for a drive to break up the monotony of winter-with my camera by my side.
Mind-numbing because of their length and monotony.
A relief to a day of monotony.
Wildcats' team focus breaks up reporter's monotony .
It's not the heat, it's the monotony .
If you're a bored 5- to 11-year-old boy, here's a chance to break the monotony of vacation.
RAMPART Monotony in the first degree.
Ever get sick of the shameless monotony you hear on the radio, and thought you could do it better.
In today's digital world, no longer do tech professionals have to be confined to a cubicle all day, surviving grueling daily monotony.
Wildcats' team focus breaks up reporter's monotony.
A little monotony around here with our sunshine and dry skies.
A means to escape the monotony of everyday life, to be with family and to experience new and exciting places.
Steppin Razor brings original, conscious roots rock reggae to the masses of the 21st Century, who not only seek an escape from the monotony, but are inspired by positive vibrations.
Chefs struggle with budget, monotony during food-stamp challenge.

In science:

Inverting the “∀L” and the “ν -a.s”, is easily done using the monotony of L 7→ P0(|YT | > L).
Quenched large deviations for diffusions in a random Gaussian shear flow drift
Let J be a minimal interval which contains al l such points x and a − x, then outside J the iterates accumulate on L and U while inside J the accumulation points swap between L, M and U depending on the values of F at points a − x (but preserving the monotony of TnF ).
Dynamics of exponential linear map in functional space
The monotony of ϕβ implies that ϕβ (ℓx (N )) ≥ Xx∈Zd Φβ (N ) = Xx∈Zd For ω ∈ {R(M1 ) ∩ R(M2 , N ) =
Coincidence of Lyapunov exponents for random walks in weak random potentials
Seen as strict rules, this will not work, as it is transitivity, and thus monotony: we have to admit exceptions, as there might just be a negative arrow X 6→ Z in the diagram.
Remarks on Inheritance Systems
We propose in this paper to construct testing procedures of (H0 ) versus (H1 ) without any parametric or monotony assumption on f or g and which satisfy specific non-asymptotic performance properties.
The two-sample problem for Poisson processes: adaptive tests with a non-asymptotic wild bootstrap approach