What does monitor mean?

Definitions for monitor
ˈmɒn ɪ tərmon·i·tor

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word monitor.

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


  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

  6. Origin: [L., fr. monere. See Monition, and cf. Mentor.]


  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. monitor

    A very shallow, semi-submerged, heavily-armoured steamer, carrying on her open deck either one or two plated revolving turrets, each containing either one or two enormous guns: originally designed by Ericson in the United States during the recent war, to combine the maximum of gun power with the minimum of exposure; they have been very formidable in sheltered and intricate waters, but it remains yet to be shown that they would be effective on the open sea.

British National Corpus

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

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

How to pronounce monitor?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of monitor in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of monitor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of monitor in a Sentence

  1. Mary Horomanski:

    I told him I want a heart monitor.

  2. State Department spokeswoman Katy Bondy:

    We continue to monitor her case closely.

  3. Mark Luscombe:

    Start looking, monitor and be ready to act by mid-December.

  4. Nancy Pelosi:

    They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces.

  5. Joseph McCain:

    We’re set up to monitor her going forward— as long as it takes.

Images & Illustrations of monitor

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