Definition of Monitor

1. Noun. Someone who supervises (an examination).

Exact synonyms: Proctor
Specialized synonyms: Invigilator
Generic synonyms: Supervisor
Derivative terms: Proctor, Proctorship

2. Verb. Keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance. "The police monitor the suspect's moves"
Exact synonyms: Supervise
Specialized synonyms: Sleuth, Snoop, Spy, Stag
Generic synonyms: Observe
Derivative terms: Monitoring, Supervision, Supervisor

3. Noun. Someone who gives a warning so that a mistake can be avoided.
Exact synonyms: Admonisher, Reminder
Generic synonyms: Defender, Guardian, Protector, Shielder
Derivative terms: Admonish, Admonish

4. Verb. Check, track, or observe by means of a receiver.
Generic synonyms: Observe

5. Noun. An ironclad vessel built by Federal forces to do battle with the Merrimac.
Generic synonyms: Vessel, Watercraft

6. Noun. Display produced by a device that takes signals and displays them on a television screen or a computer monitor.

7. Noun. Electronic equipment that is used to check the quality or content of electronic transmissions.
Generic synonyms: Electronic Equipment
Group relationships: Television, Television System
Specialized synonyms: Television Monitor, Tv Monitor

8. Noun. A piece of electronic equipment that keeps track of the operation of a system continuously and warns of trouble.

9. Noun. Any of various large tropical carnivorous lizards of Africa and Asia and Australia; fabled to warn of crocodiles.

Definition of Monitor

1. n. One who admonishes; one who warns of faults, informs of duty, or gives advice and instruction by way of reproof or caution.

2. n. A monitor nozzle.

Definition of Monitor

1. Proper noun. Any of several publications e.g. the "Christian Science Monitor". ¹

2. Proper noun. (freemasonry) A text of works or instruction which are not secret and may be written e.g. "Indiana Monitor and Freemasons' Guide". ¹

3. Noun. Someone who watches over something; a person in charge of something or someone. ¹

4. Noun. (computing) A device similar to a television set used as to give a graphical display of the output from a computer. ¹

5. Noun. (computing) A program for viewing and editing, as in ''machine code monitor''. ¹

6. Noun. (British) A student leader in a class. ¹

7. Noun. (nautical) A class of relatively small armored warships designed for shore bombardment or riverine warfare rather than combat with other ships. ¹

8. Noun. (archaic) An ironclad. ¹

9. Noun. A monitor lizard. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To watch over; to guard. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Monitor

1. to keep track of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Monitor

1. 1. One who admonishes; one who warns of faults, informs of duty, or gives advice and instruction by way of reproof or caution. "You need not be a monitor to the king." (Bacon) 2. Hence, specifically, a pupil selected to look to the school in the absence of the instructor, to notice the absence or faults of the scholars, or to instruct a division or class. 3. Any large Old World lizard of the genus Varanus; especially, the Egyptian species (V. Niloticus), which is useful because it devours the eggs and young of the crocodile. It is sometimes five or six feet long. 4. [So called from the name given by Captain Ericson, its designer, to the first ship of the kind] An ironclad war vessel, very low in the water, and having one or more heavily-armored revolving turrets, carrying heavy guns. 5. A tool holder, as for a lathe, shaped like a low turret, and capable of being revolved on a vertical pivot so as to bring successively the several tools in holds into proper position for cutting. Monitor top, the raised central portion, or clearstory, of a car roof, having low windows along its sides. Origin: L, fr. Monere. See Monition, and cf. Mentor. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Monitor

monitor (current term)
monitor lizard
monitor lizards
monitor program
monitoring device
monitoring program

Literary usage of Monitor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Cambridge Modern History by Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero (1903)
"The monitor was moored beside the big ship, as her light draught enabled her to ... The monitor mude no reply ; she steamed up to the Merrimac till she was ..."

2. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"Pertaining to or connected with a monitor or monitors, especially in the ... In a monitorial manner ; by monition ; after the manner of a monitor. ..."

3. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events, with Documents, Narratives by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1863)
"On rounding Ossabaw Island this morning we found the entire monitor fleet, ... The Nahant, (monitor,) Commander Downs, one fifteen-inch and one eleven-inch ..."

4. The Library, the School and the Child by Ralph Lester Power, John Whitehall Emery (1917)
"Christian Science monitor Library The Christian Science monitor Library is a ... One room is devoted to clippings from the monitor and other newspapers. ..."

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