Definition of monophonic in English:



  • 1(of sound reproduction) using only one channel of transmission.

    Compare with stereophonic

    ‘Over the past 50 years, audio has progressed rapidly from monophonic to stereophonic sound, followed by quadraphonic audio, and Dolby surround sound.’
    • ‘Dialogue, effects, and music were all clean and generally distortion free, but the track sounds monophonic and is localized to the center speaker.’
    • ‘The monophonic sound of each mix gives the viewer a real sense of what it must have been like to have experienced these shorts for the first time in the 1920s and 1930s.’
    • ‘The sound is monophonic and clear for the most part.’
    • ‘A new release will have you twisting and shouting in living monophonic sound.’
    • ‘The results are probably about as rich-sounding as is possible from monophonic sound.’
    • ‘This is the appropriate choice, as Chaplin always made his films in monophonic sound.’
    • ‘The sound quality is very good considering the source is often monophonic optical tracks (some of the soundtracks from the mid-1950s onward are sourced from magnetic tape).’
    • ‘The soundtrack is two-channel mono, and is very good with a spacious quality that belies its monophonic nature.’
    • ‘In reality the source recordings are specified as monophonic; there are no processing instructions in the score to synthesize the necessary localization cues.’
    • ‘The track is very monophonic, with no directional effects leaking out.’
    • ‘The soundtrack has been remixed into Dolby Surround, although for the most part the track is monophonic.’
  • 2Music
    Consisting of a single musical line, without accompaniment.

    ‘the style of monophonic singing known as Gregorian chant’
    • ‘Harmonization thus becomes not a means in itself, bur another aspect of the ‘perpetual variation’ process of an essentially monophonic melody.’
    • ‘It is a mark of Pahud's musicianship that even the monophonic instrumental line sounds richly harmonized and balanced on this recording.’
    • ‘In its earliest recorded form, plainchant, the monophonic music of the Western Church, varies from extreme simplicity to great complexity.’
    • ‘Bartok used many seconds and sevenths found in monophonic Hungarian folk music.’
    • ‘The songs are monophonic, with harmony taking the form of a drone.’
    • ‘With the arrival of other more advanced ringtone technologies, monophonic ringtones are now available for free at different web sites.’



/ˌmänəˈfänik/ /ˌmɑnəˈfɑnɪk/


Early 19th century from mono-‘one’ + Greek phonē ‘sound’+ -ic.