monochrome

[mon-uh-krohm]
noun
1.
a painting or drawing in different shades of a single color.
2.
the art or technique of producing such a painting or drawing.
3.
the state or condition of being painted, decorated, etc., in shades of a single color.
adjective
4.
being or made in the shades of a single color: a blue monochrome seascape.
5.
having the images reproduced in tones of gray: monochrome television.

Origin:
1655–65; < Medieval Latin monochrōma. See mono-, -chrome

monochromic, monochromical, adjective
monochromically, adverb
monochromist, noun
monochromy, noun
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monochrome (ˈmɒnəˌkrəʊm)
 
n
1.  a black-and-white photograph or transparency
2.  photog black and white
3.  a.  a painting, drawing, etc, done in a range of tones of a single colour
 b.  the technique or art of this
4.  (modifier) executed in or resembling monochrome: a monochrome print
 
adj
5.  devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics
 
[C17: via Medieval Latin from Greek monokhrōmos of one colour]
 
mono'chromic
 
adj
 
mono'chromical
 
adj
 
'monochromist
 
n

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monochrome
1660s, "painting or drawing done in different tints of a single color," from Gk. monochromos "of a single color," from monos "single, alone" + khroma (gen. khromatos) "color, complexion, skin." Photographic sense is recorded from 1940.
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monochrome definition

graphics
Literally "one colour". Usually used for a black and white (or sometimes green or orange) monitor as distinct from a color monitor. Normally, each pixel on the display will correspond to a single bit of display memory and will therefore be one of two intensities. A grey-scale display requires several bits per pixel but might still be called monochrome.
Compare: bitonal.
(1994-11-24)
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Example sentences
At first glance, it might present as a monochrome horizon, a brown soup of
  unrelieved dullness.
It will create satisfying images even if one has access only to a monochrome
  display.
All too often, the beauty of scientific knowledge gets trapped in monochrome
  graphs and jarring acronyms.
The suspect's bent head, the blinding light, the blue monochrome and the
  reflection all help.
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