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Monad  n.  
An ultimate atom, or simple, unextended point; something ultimate and indivisible.
(Philos. of Leibnitz) The elementary and indestructible units which were conceived of as endowed with the power to produce all the changes they undergo, and thus determine all physical and spiritual phenomena.
(Zool.) One of the smallest flagellate Infusoria; esp., the species of the genus Monas, and allied genera.
(Biol.) A simple, minute organism; a primary cell, germ, or plastid.
(Chem.) An atom or radical whose valence is one, or which can combine with, be replaced by, or exchanged for, one atom of hydrogen.
Monad deme (Biol.), in tectology, a unit of the first order of individuality.

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"Monad" Quotes from Famous Books

... ultimate, indivisible unit of matter. (See Molecule.) According to Leibnitz, as nearly as he seems willing to be understood, the monad has body without bulk, and mind without manifestation—Leibnitz knows him by the innate power of considering. He has founded upon him a theory of the universe, which the creature bears without resentment, for the monad is a gentleman. Small as he is, the monad contains all the powers ...
— The Devil's Dictionary • Ambrose Bierce

... originally we were all monads, little segregated atoms adrift in the atmosphere, and carried hither and thither by forces over which we had no control, especially by the attraction of other monads, so that one monad, compelled by porcine monads, crystallizes into a pig; another, hurried along by heroic monads, becomes a lion or an Alexander. Now it is quite clear," continued Kenelm, shifting his position and crossing the right leg over the left, "that a ...
— Kenelm Chillingly, Complete • Edward Bulwer-Lytton

... for physical re-birth is but a single manifestation of that universal law of alternation of state, of animation of vehicles, and progression through related planes, in accordance with which all things move, and as it were make music—each cycle complete, yet part of a larger cycle, the incarnate monad passing through correlated changes, carrying along and bringing into manifestation in each successive arc of the spiral the experience accumulated in all preceding states, and at the same time unfolding that power ...
— The Beautiful Necessity • Claude Fayette Bragdon

... number consecrated by Buddhism; three is sacred among Brahminical and Christian people. Pythagoras held that the unit or monad is the principle and end of all. One is a good principle. Two, or the dyad, is the origin of contrasts and separation, and is an evil principle. Three, or the triad, is the image of the attributes of God. Four, or the ...
— Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing • George Barton Cutten

... self-production, (in the geometrical use of the word 'produce,' as when a point produces, or evolves, itself on each side into a bipolar line), and that the Triad is therefore the necessary form of the Monad. ...
— The Literary Remains Of Samuel Taylor Coleridge • Edited By Henry Nelson Coleridge

Words linked to "Monad" :   one, biology, unity, chemistry, single, monas, microorganism, atom, micro-organism, biological science, 1

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