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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
monolith
noun
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ the collapse of the Communist monolith in Eastern Europe
▪ The Hotel Dunbar was a pink and chocolate-colored brick monolith on 42nd Street.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Funny old motels like the No-Tel are making way for the bland beige monoliths of world-wide corporate culture.
▪ Luisenlund Bronze Age monoliths and the rift valley of Ekkodal.
▪ My memos are spitballs in the face of the faceless monolith where I work.
▪ On the other side of the gorge stood a line of eight irregularly shaped monoliths.
▪ Over to your right in the distance, half-hidden by a fold of land, is a broken circle of stone monoliths.
▪ The great monolith of my ambition.
▪ The main eye-catcher about the Plomosas is the sprawling monolith of Black Mesa.
▪ Women, of course, are not a monolith, any more than men are.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Monolith

Monolith \Mon"o*lith\, n. [F. monolithe, L. monolithus consisting of a single stone, Gr. ?; mo`nos single + li`qos stone.] A single stone, especially one of large size, shaped into a pillar, statue, or monument.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
monolith

"column consisting of a single large block of stone," 1848, from French monolithe (16c.), from Latin monolithus (adj.) "consisting of a single stone," from Greek monolithos "made of one stone," from monos "single, alone" (see mono-) + lithos "stone." Transferred and figurative use is from 1934.

Wiktionary
monolith

n. A large single block of stone, used in architecture and sculpture.

WordNet
monolith

n. a single great stone (often in the form of a column or obelisk)

Wikipedia
Monolith

A monolith is a geological feature consisting of a single massive stone or rock, such as some mountains, or a single large piece of rock placed as, or within, a monument or building. Erosion usually exposes the geological formations, which are often made of very hard and solid metamorphic or igneous rock.

In architecture, the term has considerable overlap with megalith, which is normally used for prehistory, and may be used in the contexts of rock-cut architecture that remains attached to solid rock, as in monolithic church, or for exceptionally large stones such as obelisks, statues, monolithic columns or large architraves, that may have been moved a considerable distance after quarrying. It may also be used of large glacial erratics moved by natural forces.

The word derives, via the Latinmonolithus, from the Ancient Greek word μονόλιθος (monolithos), from μόνος ("one" or "single") and λίθος ("stone").

Monolith (Space Odyssey)

Monoliths are machines built by an unseen extraterrestrial species that are described in Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey series of novels and films. During the series, three monoliths are discovered in the solar system by humans and it is revealed that thousands, if not more, were created throughout the solar system, although none are seen. The subsequent response of the characters to their discovery drives the plot of the series. It also influences the fictional history of the series, particularly by encouraging humankind to progress with technological development and space travel.

The first monolith appears in the beginning of the story, set in prehistoric times. It is discovered by a group of hominids, and somehow triggers a considerable shift in evolution, starting with the ability to use tools and weaponry.

Monolith (comics)

The Monolith is a DC Comics comic book series whose title character is a superheroic golem. The Monolith is guided in his actions by Alice Cohen, a recovering drug addict whose grandmother was one of those responsible for the Monolith's creation in the 1930s.

In 2013, the publication rights reverted to the creators, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray of PaperFilms Inc.

Monolith (Angel novel)

Monolith is a novel by John Passarella set in the fictional universe of the U.S. television series Angel. Tagline:'The two in opposition must agree.'

Monolith (disambiguation)

A monolith is a monument or natural feature consisting of a single massive stone or rock.

Monolith or monolithic may also refer to:

  • Single crystal, unified crystal, also called monocrystal or monolithic
Monolith (Amebix album)

Monolith is the second studio album by the British crust punk band Amebix, released in 1987 by Heavy Metal Records. Short after its release, Amebix disbanded, and Monolith would be their final studio album until they reunited in 2008 and released a new album, Sonic Mass, in 2011.

It was re-released in 2008 as a sliding-scale download by Moshpit Tragedy Records.

Monolith (In Mourning album)

Monolith is the second album by Swedish Progressive Death metal band In Mourning. It was released in North America on February 16, 2010.

Monolith (band)

Monolith is a Bulgarian Rock Band, founded in 1991.

Monolith (Sylosis album)

Monolith is the third full-length album released by British heavy metal band Sylosis. It was released on 5 October 2012, in Europe and 9 October 2012, in North America.

Monolith (Omid album)

Monolith is a studio album by American hip hop producer Omid. It was released on Mush Records in 2003.

Monolith (Kansas album)

Monolith is the sixth studio album by American progressive rock band Kansas, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). The album was remastered and reissued in 2011, as a Japanese import vinyl-replica Blu-spec CD (Epic EICP 20078). A domestic version of the remaster was released in standard CD format in the U.S. as part of the Legacy Complete Album Collection series' Kansas entry. A new version of the album, titled Playlist: Kaw, featured "No One Together" instead of "How My Soul Cries Out for You".

Although this was Kansas' third straight studio album to hit the Billboard Top 10, its sales were slow compared to the previous releases, and its one Top 40 hit, " People of the South Wind" enjoyed only brief popularity. The title refers to the meaning of the Siouan word "Kansa", the Indian tribe for which the state of Kansas was named. On their 80-city U.S. tour, the band's set list featured the entire album early in the tour, though by the time the tour ended, about half the songs had been cut from the live set in favor of older numbers. A national broadcast of their show at Alpine Valley, Wisconsin on this tour featured the entire album and is one of the most popular unissued live recordings of the band. Believing that fans didn't like Monolith, they did not perform any of the songs again until the mid-1990s, when they revived "People of the South Wind" and "Reason to Be" briefly. In recent years, the opening track, "On the Other Side", has been featured in performances on and off on tours, including that for the Device – Voice – Drum DVD, although not appearing on the DVD itself.

Following the U.S. Monolith tour, the band had its first tour of Japan, in January 1980. The band performed four songs from Monolith on their Japanese tour: "People of the South Wind", "Stay Out of Trouble", "How My Soul Cries Out for You" (the set closer featuring a dramatic performance including a body dropping from the ceiling), and "On the Other Side" (which was released as an edited picture sleeve single in Japan). A special promotional album featuring three songs from Monolith and five of their earlier popular songs (2 studio versions, and 3 live versions) was issued to radio stations there to publicize the dates, entitled Kansas Monolith Tour 1980 in Japan.

Monolith initially sold about 800,000 copies, obtaining gold status, but ultimately went platinum in the early 1990s. Kerry Livgren donated his platinum record to the Kansas State Historical Society. The album reached #10 on the Billboard album charts, marking their third straight (and last) studio album to reach the top ten. It reached #27 during a 3-week stint on the Swedish album charts.

Even though MTV was still two years away, promotional music videos were produced for four tracks on Monolith: "On the Other Side", "People of the South Wind", "Away from You", and "Reason to Be".

Livgren's lyrics on Monolith were partly influenced by The Urantia Book, of which he was a devotee before his conversion to Christianity.

Monolith (Death Cube K album)

__NOTOC__ Monolith is a box set made by avant-garde music composer Buckethead under the name of Death Cube K (an anagram of Buckethead), released in December 2007 through TDRS Music.

This box set contains five unmarked CD-Rs in unmarked digipaks, each one including only one unbroken track. Some listeners theorize the five discs are intended to be played simultaneously like Zaireeka by The Flaming Lips. The title Monolith as well as the result of combining the tracks have been cited as evidence for the theory by fans. Producer Travis Dickerson declined to solve the mystery.

Currently, this set is exclusively available on the TDRS website.

Monolith (catalyst support)

A monolithic catalyst support is an extruded substrate widely used in vehicle catalytic converters.

Usage examples of "monolith".

It was whiter than bleached bone, but here and there were glimmerings, like gems of the same berylline color as the sky, life within the monolith, revealed to Riane, so newly come to this creased and pitiless realm.

Follingston-Heath adjusted his monocle and leaned back against a speckled black and gray monolith.

An old woman, a monolith of an ancient Scrow matron, easily the size of all her retainers standing together.

He was very tall and despite his phalanx of lawyers, the gapers and starers got a clear view as he stood on top of the mean flight of steps, framed between two stone monoliths.

The most prominent object of all amid the general devastation, and the one that fascinated Theos more than the view of the destroyed monolith and the debased Lion, was the uninjured head of the Prophet Khosrul.

Beyond the bridge, the giant monoliths thinned and the cleared area that was Rybatta proper began.

Reflecting crystal facets of the translucent edges haloed the monolith with insubstantial shimmer, but the blue-green shadowy depths held its unmelted heart.

One wall was bare, unworked stone: the naked rock of the granite monolith itself.

At once, therefore, this huge unwrought monolith suggests religion, and probably one of the earliest, and most primitive forms of worship.

He was a close correspondent of the notorious Baudelairean poet Justin Geoffrey, who wrote The People of the Monolith and died screaming in a madhouse in 1926 after a visit to a sinister, ill-regarded village in Hungary.

In the center reposed a wide empty desk like a frozen lake, a huge mashina, and Yamashita himself, a bemedaled monolith in a tall black chair.

Immense girders buckled huger beams together as the monoliths rose against the sky day by day.

Halak arrived in the Kohol District well after the sun had slid behind blocky monoliths of apartments and tenement complexes.

It was very unpleasant to see those filthy and disproportioned animals which soon numbered about fifteen, grubbing about and making their kangaroo leaps in the grey twilight where titan towers and monoliths arose, but it was still more unpleasant when they spoke among themselves in the coughing gutturals of ghasts.

How could these ancient monoliths possibly be related to the Mayan calendar and the Mesoamerican culture, halfway across the world?