• 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
Washington Monument Washington Monument
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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  • George Fabricius
    George Fabricius
    “Death comes to all But great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.”
  • Cato The Elder
    “After I'm dead I'd rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
    “Tombs are the clothes of the dead and a grave is a plain suit; while an expensive monument is one with embroidery.”
  • Samuel Goldwyn
    “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.”


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


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

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 ).

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