monolith




When something is really huge, like a giant stone, building, or company, call it a monolith. You can also use it to describe a huge amount of work, like the monolith that is your 40-page term paper.

The noun monolith comes from the Greek words monos, meaning “single” and lithos, meaning “stone.” Any large structures, like a factory that could cover many football fields in size, can be called a monolith. So can monuments that have little definition, like Stonehenge. Even companies that seem to be everywhere, their products and neon-signed restaurants covering the globe, can be called monoliths.

Definitions of monolith
  1. noun

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

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    stone

    building material consisting of a piece of rock hewn in a definite shape for a special purpose

  2. noun

    a system or organized structure that is large, uniform, and powerful

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    scheme, system

    a group of independent but interrelated elements comprising a unified whole

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