Pronunciation Noun

monitor (plural monitors)

  1. 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.
    • 1829, Charles Sprague, To My Cigar
      And oft, mild friend, to me thou art
      A monitor, though still;
      Thou speak'st a lesson to my heart,
      Beyond the preacher's skill.
  2. A device that detects and informs on the presence, quantity, etc., of something.
  3. (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.
  4. A studio monitor or loudspeaker.
  5. (computing) A program for viewing and editing.
    a machine code monitor
  6. (British, archaic) A student leader in a class.
  7. (nautical) One of a class of relatively small armored warships designed for shore bombardment or riverine warfare rather than combat with other ships.
  8. (archaic) An ironclad.
  9. A monitor lizard.
  10. (obsolete) One who admonishes; one who warns of faults, informs of duty, or gives advice and instruction by way of reproof or caution.
    • c. 1620, Francis Bacon, letter of advice to Sir George Villiers
      You need not be a monitor to your gracious master the king.
    • 1873, Gardeners Chronicle & New Horticulturist (page 119)
      There has been no lack of other monitors — a ticklish haysel, a flooded harvest all through the north […]
  11. (engineering) 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 the several tools successively into position.
  12. A monitor nozzle.
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  • German: Tutor
  • Russian: ста́роста

monitor (monitors, present participle monitoring; past and past participle monitored)

  1. (transitive) To watch over; to guard.
    • 2002, Mark Baker, Garry Smith, GridRM: A Resource Monitoring Architecture for the Grid, in Manish Parashar (editor), Grid Computing - GRID 2002: Third International Workshop, Springer, LNCS 2536, [|monitored%22+-intitle:%22monitoring|monitored%22&hl=en&ei=DwU8TrO_DeKJmQXS4sn3Ag&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CD4Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=%22monitoring|monitored%22%20-intitle%3A%22monitoring|monitored%22&f=false page 268],
      A wide-area distributed system such as a Grid requires that a broad range of data be monitored and collected for a variety of tasks such as fault detection and performance monitoring, analysis, prediction and tuning.
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Proper noun
  1. Any of several publications e.g. the "Christian Science Monitor".
  2. (freemasonry) A text of works or instruction which are not secret and may be written e.g. "Indiana Monitor and Freemasons' Guide".

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