adjective Date: 1825 1. a. of, relating to, or resembling a monolith ; huge, massive b. (1) formed from a single crystal <
a monolithic silicon chip
(2) produced in or on a monolithic chip <
a monolithic circuit
2. a. cast as a single piece <
a monolithic concrete wall
b. formed or composed of material without joints or seams <
a monolithic floor covering
c. consisting of or constituting a single unit 3. a. constituting a massive undifferentiated and often rigid whole <
a monolithic society
b. exhibiting or characterized by often rigidly fixed uniformity <
monolithic party unity
monolithically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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