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monotone

[mon-uh-tohn] /ˈmɒn əˌtoʊn/
noun
1.
a vocal utterance or series of speech sounds in one unvaried tone.
2.
a single tone without harmony or variation in pitch.
3.
recitation or singing of words in such a tone.
4.
a person who is unable to discriminate between or to reproduce differences in musical pitch, especially in singing.
5.
sameness of tone or color, sometimes to a boring degree.
adjective
7.
consisting of or characterized by a uniform tone of one color:
a monotone drape.
Compare monochromatic (defs 1, 2).
8.
Mathematics, monotonic (def 2).
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < French monotone < Late Greek monótonos monotonous
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Examples for monotone
  • Waves of speeches roll by, reduced by the translator's monotone to a lulling sea song.
  • The computer then read her answer aloud, in a monotone and with all the wrong inflections.
  • At rallies even his own supporters were fast bored by the former lawyer's monotone drawl.
  • People who don't, won't, or can't think about what they are hearing will be satisfied by a pulsating monotone.
  • For confirmation of the language thing, try standing with your back to a dog and giving commands in a monotone.
  • As he slurred his monotone words, the crowd yawned, and quickly thinned.
  • Their fiery halos relieved the green monotone that by late summer ruled the garden.
  • Rank correlation is preserved under monotone transformations, which includes the log.
  • To play the game, you record yourself in a monotone.
  • He read his testimony as if working his way through the agate in a bond offering, his voice a dead-on-arrival monotone.
British Dictionary definitions for monotone

monotone

/ˈmɒnəˌtəʊn/
noun
1.
a single unvaried pitch level in speech, sound, etc
2.
utterance, etc, without change of pitch
3.
lack of variety in style, expression. etc
adjective
4.
unvarying or monotonous
5.
(maths) Also monotonic (ˌmɒnəˈtɒnɪk). (of a sequence or function) consistently increasing or decreasing in value
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Word Origin and History for monotone
monotone
"an unvarying tone in music or speaking," 1640s; see monotony. Related: Monotonic; monotonically.
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