(Mo*not"o*mous) a. [Mono- + Gr. cutting, fr. to cut.] (Min.) Having a distinct cleavage in
a single direction only.
(Mon"o*tone) n. [See Monotonous, Monotony.]
1. (Mus.) A single unvaried tone or sound.
2. (Rhet.) The utterance of successive syllables, words, or sentences, on one unvaried key or line of
(Mon`o*ton"ic Mon`o*ton"ic*al) a. Of, pertaining to, or uttered in, a monotone; monotonous.
"Monotonical declamation." Chesterfield.
(Mo*not"o*nist) n. One who talks in the same strain or on the same subject until weariness
is produced. Richardson.
(Mo*not"o*nous) a. [Gr. mo`nos alone, single + tone. See Tone.] Uttered in one unvarying
tone; continued with dull uniformity; characterized by monotony; without change or variety; wearisome.
Mo*not"o*nous*ly, adv. Mo*not"o*nous*ness, n.
(Mo*not"o*ny) n. [Gr. : cf. F. monotonie. See Monotonius.]
1. A frequent recurrence of the same tone or sound, producing a dull uniformity; absence of variety, as
in speaking or singing.
2. Any irksome sameness, or want of variety.
At sea, everything that breaks the monotony of the surrounding expanse attracts attention.W. Irving.
(||Mon`o*trem"a*ta) n. pl. [NL., fr. Gr. mo`nos single + hole.] (Zoöl.) A subclass of Mammalia,
having a cloaca in which the ducts of the urinary, genital, and alimentary systems terminate, as in birds.
The female lays eggs like a bird. See Duck mole, under Duck, and Echidna.
(Mon`o*trem"a*tous) a. (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the Monotremata.
(Mon"o*treme) n. [Cf. F. monotrème.] (Zoöl.) One of the Monotremata.
(Mon`o*tri"glyph) n. [Mono- + triglyph: cf. F. monotriglyphe.] (Arch.) A kind of intercolumniation
in an entablature, in which only one triglyph and two metopes are introduced.
(||Mo*not"ro*pa) n. [NL., fr. Gr. mo`nos single + turn, from to turn.] (Bot.) A genus of
parasitic or saprophytic plants including the Indian pipe and pine sap. The name alludes to the dropping
end of the stem.
(Mon"o*type Mon`o*typ"ic) a. [Mono- + -type: cf. F. monotype.] (Biol.) Having but one type; containing
but one representative; as, a monotypic genus, which contains but one species.
(Mo*nov"a*lent) a. [Mono- + L. valens, p. pr. See Valence.] (Chem.) Having a valence
of one; univalent. See Univalent.
(Mo*nox"ide) n. [Mon- + oxide.] (Chem.) An oxide containing one atom of oxygen in each
molecule; as, barium monoxide.
(||Mo*nox"y*lon) n. [NL., from Gr. fr. made from one piece of wood; mo`nos alone + wood.]
A canoe or boat made from one piece of timber.
(Mo*nox"y*lous) a. [See Monoxylon.] Made of one piece of wood.