What does monitor mean?

Definitions for monitor
ˈmɒn ɪ tərmon·i·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. proctor, monitornoun

    someone who supervises (an examination)

  2. admonisher, monitor, remindernoun

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

  3. Monitornoun

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

  4. monitor, monitoring devicenoun

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

  5. monitornoun

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

  6. monitornoun

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

  7. monitor, monitor lizard, varanverb

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

  8. monitor, superviseverb

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

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

  9. monitorverb

    check, track, or observe by means of a receiver


  1. monitornoun

    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. monitornoun

    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. monitornoun

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

  4. monitornoun

    A student leader in a class.

  5. monitornoun

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

  6. monitornoun

    An ironclad.

  7. monitornoun

    A monitor lizard.

  8. monitorverb

    To watch over; to guard.

  9. Monitornoun

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

  10. Monitornoun

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Monitornoun

    One who warns of faults, or informs of duty; one who gives useful hints. It is used of an upper scholar in a school commissioned by the master to look to the boys in his absence.

    Etymology: Latin.

    You need not be a monitor to the king; his learning is eminent: be but his scholar, and you are safe. Francis Bacon.

    It was the privilege of Adam innocent to have these notions also firm and untainted, to carry his monitor in his bosom, his law in his heart, and to have such a conscience as might be its own casuist. Robert South, Sermons.

    We can but divine who it is that speaks; whether Persius himself, or his friend and monitor, or a third person. Dryden.

    The pains that come from the necessities of nature, are monitors to us to beware of greater mischiefs. John Locke.


  1. monitor

    A monitor generally refers to a device that's used for observing, checking, or keeping a continuous record of something. It is most commonly used to refer to the visual display unit of a computer, television, or another electronic device that presents visual images or information.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Monitornoun

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

  2. Monitornoun

    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. Monitornoun

    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. Monitornoun

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

  5. Monitornoun

    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. Etymology: [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

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

  2. Verbs Frequency

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

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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. Djelloul Guiri:

    The government has taken enough measures to help us boost output, but officials in Algiers do not come to monitor the implementation stage.

  2. Anthony Ambrose:

    The current drought in California has contributed to substantial tree mortality, a trend that will certainly continue into the future.Increasing temperatures will continue to stress trees and forests of the state in the future, and having the ability to periodically monitor forest conditions over large spatial scales is important, this information will be extremely useful for both public and private forestland managers in their decision-making process, e.g., for prioritizing areas for prescribed fire or mechanical thinning to reduce competition for water and decrease fire risk.

  3. Kevin McCarthy:

    The Democratic Party has led the way in implementing efforts to monitor China’s compliance with international human rights and rule of law standards, and we will continue to do so here. do not be concerned. Those are my same concerns as well, and they will not take place.

  4. Defense Secretary Ash Carter:

    We will monitor the progress these groups make and provide them with air support as they take the fight to ISIL.

  5. Mark Rowley:

    In London specifically, the Metropolitan Police Service has mobilised additional officers, who will carry out highly visible patrols at key locations around the capital including the transport network, we are in close liaison with the Belgium authorities and will continue to monitor the situation.

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