Definitions for: Monitor

[n] any of various large tropical carnivorous lizards of Africa Asia and Australia; fabled to warn of crocodiles
[n] a piece of electronic equipment that keeps track of the operation of a system continuously and warns of trouble
[n] electronic equipment that is used to check the quality or content of electronic transmissions
[n] display consisting of a device that takes signals from a computer and displays them on a CRT screen
[n] an iron-clad vessel built by Federal forces to do battle with the Merrimac
[n] someone who gives a warning so that a mistake can be avoided
[n] someone who supervises (an examination)
[v] keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance

Webster (1913) Definition: Mon"i*tor, n. [L., fr. monere. See Monition, and cf.
1. One who admonishes; one who warns of faults, informs of
duty, or gives advice and instruction by way of reproof or

You need not be a monitor to the king. --Bacon.

2. 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. (Zo["o]l.) 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. [So called from the name given by Captain Ericson, its
designer, to the first ship of the kind.] An ironclad war
vessel, very low in the water, and having one or more
heavily-armored revolving turrets, carrying heavy guns.

5. (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 top, the raised central portion, or clearstory, of
a car roof, having low windows along its sides.

Mon"i*tor, n.
A monitor nozzle.

Synonyms: admonisher, monitor lizard, monitoring device, proctor, reminder, ride herd on, supervise, varan

See Also: African monitor, cardiac monitor, cathode-ray oscilloscope, computer, computing device, computing machine, CRO, data processor, defender, display, dragon lizard, electronic computer, electronic equipment, electronic fetal monitor, electronic foetal monitor, fetal monitor, foetal monitor, genus Varanus, giant lizard, guardian, heart monitor, information processing system, invigilator, Komodo dragon, Komodo lizard, lizard, observe, oscilloscope, protector, scope, shielder, sleuth, snoop, spy, stag, supervisor, television, television monitor, television system, tv monitor, Varanus, Varanus komodoensis, Varanus niloticus, vessel, watercraft

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