- The definition of a monitor is someone who watches others and reminds them of proper conduct.
An example of monitor is a proctor at a standardized test.
- Monitor is defined as to observe and/or regulate.
An example of monitor is for a person to carefully watch her diet.
- a person who advises, warns, or cautions
- in some schools, a student chosen to help keep order, record attendance, etc.
- something that reminds or warns
- any of a family (Varanidae) of usually very large, flesh-eating lizards of Africa, S Asia, and Australia: from the notion that they warn of the presence of crocodiles
Origin of monitorafter the Monitor, first such ship, built in 1862Historical a heavily armored warship with a low, flat deck and heavy guns fitted in one or more revolving turrets
- a mounting for a nozzle that allows a stream of water to be played in any direction, as in fire fighting
- a person who monitors a foreign broadcast, etc.
- any of various devices for checking or regulating the performance of machines, aircraft, guided missiles, etc.
- an instrument for measuring radioactive contamination by means of the ionizing radiation being emitted
- any device, typically one of a pair, designed to allow someone to view or listen in on persons or activities in another room or location: a baby monitor in a nursery
- Comput. a video screen for displaying data, graphic images, etc.
- a receiver or speaker, as in the control room of a broadcasting studio, for checking the quality of the transmission
Origin of monitorClassical Latin from past participle of monere, to warn from Indo-European an unverified form moni- from base an unverified form men-, to think from source mind
- to watch or check on (a person or thing) as a monitor
- to observe, check on, or regulate the performance of (a machine, an employee, etc.)
- to test for radioactive contamination with a monitor
- to listen in on (a foreign broadcast, telephone conversation, etc.) as for gathering political or military information
- to check the quality of (transmission) with or as with a monitor
- One that admonishes, cautions, or reminds, especially with respect to matters of conduct.
- A pupil who assists a teacher in routine duties.
- a. A usually electronic device used to record, regulate, or control a process or system.b. A video display or speaker used in a production studio to check audio or video quality: The sound engineer detected a hiss on the monitor.c. Computers A device that accepts video signals from a computer and displays information on a screen; a video display.
- Computers A program that observes, supervises, or controls the activities of other programs.
- An articulated device holding a rotating nozzle with which a jet of water is regulated, used in mining and firefighting.
- a. A heavily ironclad warship of the 19th century with a low, flat deck and one or more gun turrets.b. A modern warship designed for coastal bombardment.
- See monitor lizard.
verbmon·i·tored, mon·i·tor·ing, mon·i·tors
- To check the quality or content of (an electronic audio or visual signal) by means of a receiver.
- To check by means of an electronic receiver for significant content, such as military, political, or illegal activity: monitor a suspected criminal's phone conversations.
- To keep track of systematically with a view to collecting information: monitor the bear population of a national park; monitored the political views of the people.
- To test or sample, especially on a regular or ongoing basis: monitored the city's drinking water for impurities.
- To keep close watch over; supervise: monitor an examination.
- To direct.
Origin of monitorLatin from monēre to warn ; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
- 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.
- A device that detects and informs on the presence, quantity, etc., of something.
- (computing) 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.
- (computing) A program for viewing and editing, as in machine code monitor.
- (UK) A student leader in a class.
- (nautical) A class of relatively small armored warships designed for shore bombardment or riverine warfare rather than combat with other ships.
- (archaic) An ironclad.
- A monitor lizard.
(third-person singular simple present monitors, present participle monitoring, simple past and past participle monitored)
- To watch over; to guard.
From Latin monitor (“warner"), from perfect passive participle monitus (“warning"), from verb monere (“to warn, admonish, remind")
monitor - Computer Definition
(1) A display screen used to provide visual output from a computer, cable box, video camera, VCR or other video generating device. Computer monitors use CRT and LCD technology, while TV monitors use CRT, LCD and plasma technologies. See analog monitor, digital monitor and flat panel display.
(2) Software that monitors the progress of activities within a computer system. See computer monitoring.
(3) A device that gathers performance statistics of a running system via direct attachment to the CPU's circuit boards. See also network analyzer.
(4) Software that provides utility and control functions such as setting communications parameters. It resides in a ROM or flash memory chip and contains startup and diagnostic routines.