monument

Definitions

  • Monument to the First Canadian Missionary
    Monument to the First Canadian Missionary
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n monument a structure erected to commemorate persons or events
    • n monument a burial vault (usually for some famous person)
    • n monument an important site that is marked and preserved as public property
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Additional illustrations & photos:

She would build a monument that would tower up to the skies She would build a monument that would tower up to the skies
Jamestown exploration trenches of 1955 from the air. Landmarks are the “old cypress” in the river, upper left, the tercentenary monument, and the standing ruin of the 18th-century Ambler house Jamestown exploration trenches of 1955 from the air. Landmarks are the “old cypress” in the river, upper left, the...
From Foxe's 'Actes and Monumentes,' printed by John Day, 1576 From Foxe's 'Actes and Monumentes,' printed by John Day, 1576
The Washington Monument The Washington Monument
TEMPLE OF CORINTH, FROM THE MONUMENT OF PHILOPAPPUS TEMPLE OF CORINTH, FROM THE MONUMENT OF PHILOPAPPUS
Washington Monument Washington Monument
MONUMENT TO COMMEMORATE THE SKIRMISH AT CONCORD BRIDGE MONUMENT TO COMMEMORATE THE SKIRMISH AT CONCORD BRIDGE
The Columbus Monument in Granada The Columbus Monument in Granada

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments
    • Monument A building, pillar, stone, or the like, erected to preserve the remembrance of a person, event, action, etc.; as, the Washington monument; the Bunker Hill monument . Also, a tomb, with memorial inscriptions. "On your family's old monument Hang mournful epitaphs, and do all rites
      That appertain unto a burial."
    • Monument A saying, deed, or example, worthy of record. "Acts and Monuments of these latter and perilous days."
    • Monument A stone or other permanent object, serving to indicate a limit or to mark a boundary.
    • Monument Something which stands, or remains, to keep in remembrance what is past; a memorial. "Of ancient British art
      A pleasing monument ."
      "Our bruised arms hung up for monuments ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At the age of 26, Michelangelo began sculpting his monumental statue of David. He finished it seventeen months later, in January, 1504.
    • n monument Anything by which the memory of a person, a period, or an event is preserved or perpetuated; hence, any conspicuous, permanent, or splendid building, as a medieval cathedral, or any work of art or industry constituting a memorial of the past; a memorial.
    • n monument Specifically, a pile, pillar, or other structure erected expressly in memory of events, actions, or persons.
    • n monument A stone shaft, or a structure of stone or other enduring material, erected over a grave in memory of the dead.
    • n monument A burial-vault; a tomb.
    • n monument Any enduring evidence or example; a singular or notable instance.
    • n monument In surveying and the law of conveyancing, any object, natural or artificial, fixed in the soil and referred to in a deed or other document as a means of ascertaining the location of a tract of land or any part of its boundaries. In this sense the word is applied to such objects as trees, riverbanks, and ditches; and its importance is in the general rule that in case of discrepancy courses or distances mentioned in a description must give way so far as necessary to conform to a monument.
    • n monument A treatise.
    • n monument Distinctive mark; stamp.
    • n monument =Syn. 1-3. Memento, etc. See memorial.
    • monument To erect a monument in memory of.
    • monument To place monuments on; adorn with monuments: as, a region monumented with glorious deeds.
    • n monument A conspicuous crag of a somewhat pillar-like and symmetrical form.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before the 984 foot high Eiffel Tower was built in 1889, the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. was the tallest building in the world at 555 feet.
    • n Monument mon′ū-ment anything that preserves the memory of a person or an event, a building, pillar, tomb, &c.: a record or enduring example of anything: any distinctive mark
    • v.t Monument to raise a monument in memory of
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Quotations

  • George Fabricius
    George Fabricius
    “Death comes to all But great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
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    “Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.”
  • Cato The Elder
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    “After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
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    “Tombs are the clothes of the dead and a grave is a plain suit; while an expensive monument is one with embroidery.”
  • Samuel Goldwyn
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    “I had a monumental idea this morning, but I didn't like it.”
  • Agesilaus II
    Agesilaus II
    “If I have done any deed worthy of remembrance, that deed will be my monument. If not, no monument can preserve my memory.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. monumentum, fr. monere, to remind, admonish. See Monition, and cf. Moniment

Usage

In literature:

This grand pagoda at Tanjore, taken as a whole, is the most remarkable religious monument in India.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
Of this custom, however, the monuments offer no example.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
It was Catherine, however, who completed the monument.
"A Little Tour in France" by Henry James
Two or three of its monuments are interesting.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
There is another particular in which the monumental records and the biblical tradition are in accord.
"A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1" by Georges Perrot
There are two monuments, and only two, in Italy, which redeem its modern architecture from the reproach of universal degeneracy.
"Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber" by James Aitken Wylie
There was a very odd monument, too, which I loved.
"The Lightning Conductor Discovers America" by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
But if Citania knew nothing of Christianity there still remains one remarkable monument of the native religion.
"Portuguese Architecture" by Walter Crum Watson
At Chehalis, Washington, the Commercial Club undertook to erect and dedicate a monument.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
It has in the park two ancient sepulchral monuments of great interest to the antiquarian.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
Campkin (Henry) on Cowley and his monument, 267.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
The cathedral is full of monuments to kings and queens and saints and high church dignitaries.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
Think of parties in Monuments!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
With respect to our present purpose, however, it is a monument of enormous importance.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
His party stopped in front of two marble slabs that lay side by side at the foot of a granite monument.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
The next monument of importance contains an account of the invasion of Palestine by Shishak, five years after the death of Solomon.
"The Christian View of the Old Testament" by Frederick Carl Eiselen
Of the surviving monuments of the Greek city the most important is the temple of Apollo.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
On the top stands a lofty monument to the soldiers from the Mark who fell in the wars of 1864, 1866 and 1870-71.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
But why should I have a monument?
"Sister Dolorosa and Posthumous Fame" by James Lane Allen
Its monuments and brasses are of much interest.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
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In poetry:

He is not cursed nor driven out
But worshipped for his splendid mind,
While all his countrymen prepare
A monument to him in life.
"On The Day Of Gogol's Death" by Nikolay Alekseyevich Nekrasov
Grave on her monumental pile;
She won from vice, by virtue's smile,
Her dazzling crown, her sceptered throne,
Affection's wreath, a happy home;
"Woman’s Rights" by Mary Baker Eddy
And oft, the fairest flowers of spring,
What time the hours of toil are spent,
The village youths and virgins bring,
To grace her moss-clad monument.
"Bertram And Anna" by Thomas Gent
Till thrones of kings and queens shall tumble,
And monuments of stone and brass,
Shall into shapeless ruin crumble,
And blow away like withered grass.
"To Miss Mary Bain" by David John Scott
No need to fear! The date's already fading
On monuments above their silent bed.
The British soldiers sleep in peace in Russia.
We never wreaked our vengeance on the dead!
"The British Military Cemetery at Sebastopol" by Konstantin Simonov
And it shall prosper, and this slaughter pen
Shall be a monument of Southern chivalry
Before the world;--thus proving to all men
Slave power begets and sanctions cruelty.
"Orson's Farewell" by Nora Pembroke

In news:

Concord Police Officers work the scene where a male dead body was found at an abandoned smog station on the corner of Monument Boulevard and Detroit Avenue in Concord, Calif, on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.
A monument to folkrock beauty, courtesy of six Seattle guys who sound like they grew up on a steady diet of CSNY and the Beach Boys.
CHICO — Almost one year after the Chico City Council approved installation of a monument to honor Hmong leader Gen Vang Pao, the project chair announced this week the tribute will be unveiled in December.
On the afternoon of Oct 4, the energetic residents and staff of Amber Park Assisted Living Center in Pickerington mobilized to create a monumental work of sandwich artistry.
There aren't many tournament results that are so monumental, so groundbreaking that they propel a new phrase into the common golf lexicon.
Nearly two dozen head stones and monuments have been damaged at the New Holstein City Cemetery.
Lincoln': The man in the monument.
A Stirring Monument to Immortality .
Jean Scott owns the property above Monumental Mills on the Hazel River.
Four more California historic sites are joining the Cesar Chavez National Monument as places worthy of federal landmark protections.
Pei's Silver Towers, the monumental modernist residences in the Village.
Responding to widespread criticism, the board of Lincoln Center voted yesterday not to sell "Numbers, 1964," the monumental painting by Jasper Johns that had elicited offers of more than $15 million.
Guy Gugliotta, author of Freedom's Cap, discusses why Congress should work together to build monuments.
To dedicate monument, American Legion seeks descendants of original members.
Museum millage, Custer monument proposal two unrelated issues ( letter ).
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In science:

In their monumental Principia Mathematica (1925-1927), Whitehead and Russell developed the first coherent and precise formal system aimed to describe the whole of mathematics.
Incompleteness, Complexity, Randomness and Beyond
In particular, as regards the eighteenth century: philosophers read Berkeley, Hume and Kant, not such figures as Euler and Lagrange—whose monumental achievements in developing mechanics, and in particular its treatment of continua, changed the sub ject out of all recognition.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Lagrangian Floer cohomology is defined and studied by Fukaya, Oh, Ohta and Ono in the monumental , which is nearly 1400 pages long.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
Simple games were first analysed by John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern in their monumental book Theory of Games and Economic Behaviour .
Complexity of comparison of influence of players in simple games
Fm. (Cretaceous) of Dinosaur National Monument, UT.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Michael Nielsen and Isaac Chuang’s monumental text “Quantu m Computation and Quantum Information ” [NC00] has been an invaluable resource as I was writing chapters 2 and 3.
Experimental Quantum Computation with Nuclear Spins in Liquid Solution
Recently (’04) the formidable task of computing the splitting functions at NNLO accuracy has been completed by Moch, Vermaseren and Vogt, a really monumental, fully analytic calculation.
Concluding Talk: QCD 2005
Lett., (iii) monumental White Papers [ 1] based on the first three years of RHIC operation, were published by the four RHIC experiments reflecting their assessment on the nature of the matter formed at RHIC and a new logo was born, the ”perfect fluid”.
Quark Matter 2005: Experimental Conference Summary
The result of this monumental effort is now quite convincing; so called MACHOS in the mass range (10−7− a few) solar masses do not provide for the dark matter of our galaxy, all observed lensing events are of known origin, new dark astronomical ob jects are not required.
Summary Talk: Challenges in Particle Astrophysics
The destroyed inscriptions in his monument, TT71, which contain text fragments possibly give some information about the beginning of his career.
Senenmut: An Ancient Egyptian Astronomer
His unfinished monument, TT353, was closed, some his figures therein, and also in TT71, were destroyed.
Senenmut: An Ancient Egyptian Astronomer
Using the recent monumental progress on the minimal model program of [BCHM10] and many other work, the fundamental aspects of this theory are close to be completely settled.
Special test configurations and $K$-stability of Fano varieties
Thus we recommend M¨ossbauer spectroscopy scientists to perform an accurate experiment measuring the shift of the absorption line for a fast rotating absorber which may reveal a new fundamental law , with a monumental effect on whole of physics.
Testing Einstein's time dilation under acceleration using M\"ossbauer spectroscopy
In this brief summary of M-theory and its duality symmetries, we have seen that classical geometry can undergo monumental contortions while the theory itself remains smooth.
M Theory and Cosmology
For a detailed account of the relationship of U+,0 with orthogonal polynomials on the unit circle we refer to the monumental upcoming two-volume treatise by Simon (see also for a description of some of the principal results in ) and the exhaustive bibliograhy therein.
A Borg-Type Theorem Associated with Orthogonal Polynomials on the Unit Circle
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