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mono- comb. form of Gr. mónos alone, only, single, occurring in numerous words adopted from Gr. (many through late L. or medL.), but in recent times combined with words or stems of any origin, as monocycle, monodrama, monoplane, monotint, monoxide. The following early: monochord one-stringed musical instrument, etc. XV. — (O)F. monocorde — late L. monochordon — Gr. monókhordon, sb. use of n. of monókhordos having a single string. monochrome painting in different tints of one colour XVII; representation in one colour XIX; the earlier use — medL. monochrōma, evolved from Gr. (L.) monokhrṓmatos of one colour; later — F. monochrome — Gr. monṓkhrōmos. monogamy XVII. — F. — ecclL. — Gr. (gámos marriage). monogram
A. † sketch without shading or colour;

B. character composed of two or more letters interwoven XVII; in sense A — L. monogrammus; in sense B — F. monogramme — late L. monogramma, f. Gr. *monógrammos. monograph (nat. hist.) separate treatise on a species, genus, etc.; (more widely) one on a single object or topic. XIX. repl. earlier monography (XVIII) — modL. monographia. monolith single block, mass, pillar of stone. XIX. — F. monolithe — Gr. monólithos (lithos stone). monologue XVII. — F. monophysīte XVII. — ecclL. monophysita — ecclGr. monophuslī́ēs (Gr. phīsis nature). monothelite XVI. — modL. monothelī́ta — (with assim. to -īta, -ITE) late Gr. monothelētēs, f. thélein will. monotheism, monotheist XVII. monotone having but one tone or note XVIII; sb. utterance on one tone XVII. — modL. monotonus — Gr. monótonos. monotonous XVIII. monotony XVIII. — F. — Gr. monotoníā. monotype XIX.

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monorail, railway system that uses cars that run on a single rail. Typically the rail is run overhead and the cars are either suspended from it or run above it. Driving power is transmitted from the cars to the track by means of wheels that rotate horizontally, making contact with the rail between its upper and lower flanges. In the maglev monorails currently under development, powerful magnets hold the car just off its track and propel it at high speed. One of the principal advantages of a monorail is the relative simplicity of its trackage in comparison with that of a standard railway. Monorails originated and still function as materials-handling systems, similar to traveling cranes, for use in large factories. Short urban transportation monorails have been built in Houston, Seattle, and Germany. A maglev line linking Shanghai's financial district with its new airport began commercial operation in 2004.

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mono- (also mon- before a vowel) • comb. form 1. one; alone; single: monorail. ∎  with an extreme, singular character to the point of dominance or exclusion: monolithic monomania monopoly. 2. Chem. (forming names of compounds) containing one atom or group of a specified kind: monoamine.

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mon·o·rail / ˈmänəˌrāl/ • n. a railroad in which the track consists of a single rail, typically elevated, with the trains suspended from it or balancing on it.

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mono- From the Greek monos, meaning ‘alone’, a prefix meaning ‘single’ or ‘one’.

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mono- From the Greek monos meaning ‘alone’, a prefix meaning ‘single’ or ‘one’.

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monorail

monorail •hangnail • treenail • hobnail •doornail • toenail • thumbnail •fingernail •handrail, landrail •cantrail • guard rail • Israel • contrail •monorail • abseil • headsail • resale •skysail • wassail • topsail • foresail •wholesale • lugsail • wagtail •tattletale • fantail • bangtail •rat's-tail • telltale •detail, retail •pigtail • bristletail • pintail •ringtail, springtail •fishtail • ponytail • hightail • bobtail •cocktail • cottontail •foxtail, oxtail •horsetail • folktale • swallowtail •dovetail • shirt tail • travail

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