1 of a sequence or function; consistently increasing and never decreasing or consistently decreasing and never increasing in value [syn: monotonic] [ant: nonmonotonic]
2 sounded or spoken in a tone unvarying in pitch; "the owl's faint monotonous hooting" [syn: monotonic, monotonous]
2 a single tone repeated with different words or different rhythms (especially in rendering liturgical texts)
- In the context of "of speech or a sound": having a single
- 1799, John Walker, Elements of Elocution, Cooper and Wilson,
- It is no very difficult matter to be loud in a high tone of voice; but to be loud and forcible in a low tone, requires great practice and management; this, however, may be facilitated by pronouncing forcibly at firſt in a low monotone; a monotone, though in a low key, and without force, is much more ſonorous and audible than when the voice ſlides up and down at almoſt every word, as it muſt do to be various.
- 1940, Asiatic Society (Calcutta, Royal Asiatic Society of
Bengal, India), Journal of the Asiatic Society, page 95:
- The prominence of the syllables is more monotone than in English, the intonation of the latter having a larger variation of stressed and unstressed syllables.
- 1998, Roger W. Shuy, Bureaucratic Language in Government and
Business, Georgetown University Press, Research on Telephone vs.
In-Person Administrative Hearings, page 76:
- In the formal register, such variation is reduced and the talk has a more monotone, business-like quality.
- 1799, John Walker, Elements of Elocution, Cooper and Wilson, page 309:
- Italian: monotonale
- Russian: монотонный
- Swedish: monoton
- Feminine plural form of monotono
Monotone refers to a sound, for example speech or music, that has a single unvaried tone.
Monotone or monotonicity may also refer to:
- Monotone (common), repetitive and tedious activities
- Monotone (software), an open source revision control system
- Monotone class theorem, in measure theory
- Monotone convergence theorem, in mathematics
- Monotone polygon, in computational geometry
- Monotone preferences, in consumer economics
- Monotonicity criterion, a voting system criterion
- Monotonic function, mathematical concept
- Monotonic orthography, simplified spelling of modern Greek
- Monotonicity of entailment, property of some logical systems
- The Monotones, American rock 'n' roll band (1950s)
monotone in German: Monotonie
monotone in French: Monotonie
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