Definitions for Monitorˈmɒn ɪ tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mon•i•torˈmɒn ɪ tər(n.)

  1. a student appointed to assist in the conduct of a class or school, as to help keep order.

  2. a person who admonishes, esp. with reference to conduct.

  3. something that serves to remind or give warning.

  4. a device or arrangement for observing, detecting, or recording the operation of a machine or system, esp. an automatic control system.

  5. an instrument for detecting dangerous gases, radiation, etc.

  6. Radio and Television. a receiving apparatus used in a control room or studio for monitoring transmissions.

    Category: Radio and Television

  7. a component with a display screen for viewing computer data, television programs, etc.

    Category: Computers

  8. a former U.S. steam-propelled, armored warship of very low freeboard. (cap., italics) the first of such warships, used by Union forces against the Merrimack in 1862.

    Category: Nautical, American History

  9. a raised construction straddling the ridge of a roof and having windows or louvers for lighting or ventilating a building.

    Category: Building Trades, Architecture

  10. any lizard of the family Varanidae, of Africa, S Asia, the East Indies, and Australia, fabled to give warning of the presence of crocodiles.

    Category: Reptiles and Amphibians

  11. (v.t.)Radio and Television. to listen to (transmitted signals) on a receiving set in order to check the quality of the transmission.

    Category: Radio and Television

  12. to observe, record, or detect (an operation or condition) with instruments that have no effect upon the operation or condition.

  13. to oversee, supervise, or regulate.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  14. to watch closely for purposes of control, surveillance, etc.; keep track of.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  15. (v.i.)to serve as a monitor, detector, supervisor, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of monitor:

1540–50; < L: adviser =moni-, var. s. of monēre to advise, warn +-tor -tor


Princeton's WordNet

  1. proctor, monitor(noun)

    someone who supervises (an examination)

  2. admonisher, monitor, reminder(noun)

    someone who gives a warning so that a mistake can be avoided

  3. Monitor(noun)

    an ironclad vessel built by Federal forces to do battle with the Merrimac

  4. monitor, monitoring device(noun)

    display produced by a device that takes signals and displays them on a television screen or a computer monitor

  5. monitor(noun)

    electronic equipment that is used to check the quality or content of electronic transmissions

  6. monitor(noun)

    a piece of electronic equipment that keeps track of the operation of a system continuously and warns of trouble

  7. monitor, monitor lizard, varan(verb)

    any of various large tropical carnivorous lizards of Africa and Asia and Australia; fabled to warn of crocodiles

  8. monitor, supervise(verb)

    keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance

    "we are monitoring the air quality"; "the police monitor the suspect's moves"

  9. monitor(verb)

    check, track, or observe by means of a receiver

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. monitor(verb)ˈmɒn ɪ tər

    to watch sth in order to be sure that nothing bad happens

    We monitor his condition and adapt his medication when necessary.; an organization that monitors the safety of products

  2. monitor(noun)ˈmɒn ɪ tər

    a screen

    a TV monitor

  3. monitorˈmɒn ɪ tər

    a device for checking part of the body

    a heart monitor

  4. monitorˈmɒn ɪ tər

    sb who checks sth is done correctly

    election monitors


  1. monitor(Noun)

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

    The camp monitors look after the children during the night, when the teachers are asleep.

  2. monitor(Noun)

    A device similar to a television set used as to give a graphical display of the output from a computer.

    The information flashed up on the monitor.

  3. monitor(Noun)

    A program for viewing and editing, as in machine code monitor.

  4. monitor(Noun)

    A student leader in a class.

  5. monitor(Noun)

    A class of relatively small armored warships designed for shore bombardment or riverine warfare rather than combat with other ships.

  6. monitor(Noun)

    An ironclad.

  7. monitor(Noun)

    A monitor lizard.

  8. monitor(Verb)

    To watch over; to guard.

  9. Monitor(ProperNoun)

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

  10. Monitor(ProperNoun)

    A text of works or instruction which are not secret and may be written e.g. "Indiana Monitor and Freemasons' Guide".

  11. Origin: From monitor, from perfect passive participle monitus, from verb monere

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monitor(noun)

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

  2. Monitor(noun)

    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. Monitor(noun)

    any large Old World lizard of the genus Varanus; esp., 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. Monitor(noun)

    an ironclad war vessel, very low in the water, and having one or more heavily-armored revolving turrets, carrying heavy guns

  5. Monitor(noun)

    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


  1. Monitor

    A monitor was the class of relatively small warship which was neither fast nor strongly armoured but carried disproportionately large guns. They were used by some navies from the 1860s until the end of World War II, and saw their final use by the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. The monitors of the 19th century were turreted ironclad warships inspired by the original USS Monitor; as well as coastal ships which closely followed her design. The term "monitor" also encompassed more flexible breastwork monitors, and was sometimes used as a generic term for any turreted ship. The term "monitor" also represents the strongest of riverine warcraft, known as river monitors. In the early 20th century, the term "monitor" was revived for shallow-draft armoured shore bombardment vessels, particularly those of the British Royal Navy: the Lord Clive class monitors carried guns firing heavier shells than any other warship ever has, seeing action against German targets during World War I. The Lord Clive vessels were scrapped in the 1920s.

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Monitor' in Nouns Frequency: #2908

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Monitor' in Verbs Frequency: #513

Anagrams of Monitor

  1. tromino

Translations for Monitor

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a senior pupil who helps to see that school rules are kept.

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