• Cross section of Monitor
    Cross section of Monitor
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v monitor keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance "we are monitoring the air quality","the police monitor the suspect's moves"
    • v monitor check, track, or observe by means of a receiver
    • n monitor any of various large tropical carnivorous lizards of Africa and Asia and Australia; fabled to warn of crocodiles
    • n monitor a piece of electronic equipment that keeps track of the operation of a system continuously and warns of trouble
    • n monitor electronic equipment that is used to check the quality or content of electronic transmissions
    • n monitor display produced by a device that takes signals and displays them on a television screen or a computer monitor
    • n Monitor an ironclad vessel built by Federal forces to do battle with the Merrimac
    • n monitor someone who gives a warning so that a mistake can be avoided
    • n monitor someone who supervises (an examination)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: While still in college, Bill Gates and Paul Allen once built a special purpose machine called "Traff-O-Data." It was a machine that would analyze information gathered by traffic monitors. They never found any buyers.
    • Monitor A monitor nozzle.
    • Monitor (Mach) 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 An ironclad war vessel, very low in the water, and having one or more heavily-armored revolving turrets, carrying heavy guns.
    • Monitor (Zoöl) Any large Old World lizard of the genus Varanus; esp., the Egyptian species (Varanus Niloticus), which is useful because it devours the eggs and young of the crocodile. It is sometimes five or six feet long.
    • Monitor 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.
    • Monitor 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Union ironclad, Monitor, was the first U.S. ship to have a flush toilet.
    • n monitor One who warns of faults or informs of duty; an admonisher; one who gives advice and instruction by way of reproof or caution; an admonisher.
    • n monitor A senior pupil in a school appointed to instruct and look after a junior division or class; a pupil appointed to superintend other pupils; in some American colleges, a student appointed to keep a record of the attendance of the other students upon certain exercises, as morning prayers.
    • n monitor A constable or officer of the law.
    • n monitor A backboard.
    • n monitor [capitalized] In herpetology, the typical genus of Monitoridæ, so called because one of the species was fabled to admonish man of the presence of the crocodile of the Nile. Also called Varanus.
    • n monitor A lizard of the genus Monitor or family Monitoridæ. See cut under Hydrosaurus.
    • n monitor A heavily armored iron-clad steam-vessel with a very low free-board, of a type invented by Ericsson, carrying on deck one or more revolving turrets, each containing one or more great guns, and designed to combine the maximum of gun-power with the minimum of exposure: so called from the name of the first vessel of the type, which was built during the American civil war, and in 1862 arrested the destructive course of the Confederate iron-clad ram Merrimac.
    • n monitor A raised part of a roof, usually fitted with openings for light and ventilation, as in a passenger-car or omnibus. See monitor-roof.
    • n monitor In hydraulics, a device consisting of a universal-jointed pipe, to which is attached a nozle throwing a powerful stream of water: used in hydraulic mining and on fire-boats. See hydraulic mining, under hydraulic.
    • n monitor A turret or tool-holder in a lathe. See turret, 6.
    • n monitor Same as catamaran, 4.
    • monitor To be a monitor or adviser to; admonish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some early TV screens did emit excessive X-rays, as did computer monitors, but that was fixed long ago. Doctors suggest that at worst, sitting too close might cause some temporary eye fatigue—the same for reading with insufficient light—but no permanent damage, no matter what your mother claimed.
    • n Monitor one who admonishes: an adviser: an instructor: a senior pupil who assists a schoolmaster: an ironclad steamship armed with heavy guns in revolving turrets: a raised part of a roof, with openings for light and ventilation: a kind of lizard:—fem. Mon′itress, Mon′itrix
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
So called from the name given by Captain Ericson, its designer, to the first ship of the kind
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—monēre, -itum, to remind.


In literature:

The monitor looked at it, and then at me without comment.
"High Adventure" by James Norman Hall
I must send a monitor to complain of this.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
These were truths it had been considered wise for her to know, and they had been duly declared to her by her monitors of Venice.
"The Royal Pawn of Venice" by Mrs. Lawrence Turnbull
A monitor passed, bristling with guns and painted a vivid green.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
And this was not the only trouble the crew of the "Monitor" had to contend with.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
He knew that the monitors watching the screens and listening to the conversation were recording everything.
"What The Left Hand Was Doing" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Again he mounted to the window; and, on looking down, found that their providential monitor had disappeared.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
Two monitors were firing at Achi Baba as we came opposite it.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
There were no monitors, nor fire-arms.
"Half Hours in Bible Lands, Volume 2" by Rev. P. C. Headley
Sometimes he plays the monitor.
"Horace" by William Tuckwell

In poetry:

For they who will no Monitor,
Save One Unnamed, allow,
Allegiance deep to Love or War,
Or Chance or Wind avow:
"Dominions Of The Boundary" by Bernard O Dowd
As if, in passion's heated war,
Or near temptation's charm,
Through him the low-voiced monitor
Forewarned me of the harm.
"William Forster" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And unto what can man aspire,
On earth, more worth the striving for,
Than to be Reason's loftier lyre,
And reconciling monitor;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
When Peter's monitor first crows,
And wakes thee from thy night's repose,
Reflect, ere thou dost quit thy bed,
How the last trump shall rouse the dead!
"Things, To Be Consider'd, And Made Use Of, When Night Comes" by Rees Prichard
And should earth e'er invite us again to her toils
Let remembrance a monitor prove,
We have tasted how poor is the best it can give,
Compared with one smile from above.
"To A Friend, With A Sketch Of Oare Church" by Caroline Fry
Even the "Enterprise" with his grave plodding face,
Would fail to imitate the "Monitor's" grace.
If we repent we will all reach the "Mansion" on high,
Or the "Christian Recorder" has told us a lie.
"The Colored Press" by Robert C O Benjamin

In news:

"We are monitoring Tropical Storm Isaac and currently there are no Charlotter or Lee County EOC activations," Blosser said in a mass e-mail to Gasparilla islanders.
Benjamin Brink/The Oregonian Fred Neal, left, who is monitoring the Clackamas County elections process for the secretary of state, works with deputy clerk Mike Dion at the county elections office.
It's a new non-invasive heart monitor and it was originally used by NASA to monitor astronauts' health while they were in space.
Bullied bus monitor or Chick-fil-A cashier .
Pew president Andrew Kohut spoke about the poll at a Monitor breakfast.
850 Million for Charity, Not Centrally Monitored.
The system was installed to help reduce energy consumption, monitor indoor air quality and help attain LEED points for the building.
2008 standard is a set of international quality practices that ensures the use of effective processes that are consistently monitored and continually improved.
Christian Science Monitor To Cease Daily Publication, Become Weekly In 2009.
Christian Science Monitor To End Print Newspaper.
After 100 years of publication, The Christian Science Monitor will stop the presses next year.
Jill Carroll's Second Abduction: The Christian Science Monitor Turns Her Into a Potboiler.
The EPA has been monitoring the presence of chromium in Garfield for several years.
Bullied bus monitor Karen Klein had a responsibility to assert her authority.
A suspected serial bank robber is under arrest Tuesday after he was spotted by police monitoring a surveillance camera at Washington Square Park.

In science:

Roots within a region monitor the total weight supported in that region by communicating their sensor readings.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
The energy histogram simply plays a passive role and serves as a tool to monitor the convergence.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
The analogue and digital currents were continuously monitored via GPIB.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
Online monitoring. A possible solution to this problem is to monitor each execution in real time.
Guaranteeing the diversity of number generators
Finally, at the limits of metrology, small effects might be monitored by quantum state comparison with a highly reliable reference system.
Comparison of two unknown pure quantum states