toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

monolith
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

3 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
a single great stone (often in the form of a column or obelisk)

or:

a large organization — often uniform in its approach or difficult to change
  • The place took its name from a stone pillar which stood there, a strange rude monolith, from a stratum unknown in any local quarry, on which was roughly carved a human hand.
    6 — The Convert (10% in)
  • The next pillar was isolated; others composed a trilithon; others were prostrate, their flanks forming a causeway wide enough for a carriage; and it was soon obvious that they made up a forest of monoliths grouped upon the grassy expanse of the plain.
    7 — Fulfilment (84% in)
  • The uniform concavity of black cloud was lifting bodily like the lid of a pot, letting in at the earth's edge the coming day, against which the towering monoliths and trilithons began to be blackly defined.
    7 — Fulfilment (88% in)

There are no more uses of "monolith" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®Wikipedia Article