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monitor

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noun mon·i·tor \ˈmä-nə-tər\

Definition of monitor

  1. 1a :  a student appointed to assist a teacherb :  one that warns or instructs <monitors and instructors for troops green in the art of war — New York Times>c :  one that monitors or is used in monitoring: such as (1) :  a cathode-ray tube used for display (as of television pictures or computer information) (2) :  a device for observing a biological condition or function <a heart monitor>

  2. 2 :  monitor lizard

  3. 3 [Monitor, first ship of the type] a :  a heavily armored warship formerly used in coastal operations having a very low freeboard and one or more revolving gun turretsb :  a small modern warship with shallow draft (see 1draft 8) for coastal bombardment

  4. 4 :  a raised central portion of a roof having low windows or louvers for providing light and air

monitorial

play \ˌmä-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl\ adjective

monitorship

play \ˈmä-nə-tər-ˌship\ noun

Examples of monitor in a sentence

  1. They watched the press conference on a video monitor in a back room.

  2. We put a baby monitor in the nursery.

  3. U.N. weapons monitors and inspectors.

Origin and Etymology of monitor

Latin, one that warns, overseer, from monēre to warn — more at mind


First Known Use: 1530

Other Computer-Related Terms


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monitor

verb mon·i·tor

Definition of monitor

monitored

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monitoring

play \ˈmä-nə-t(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to watch, keep track of, or check usually for a special purpose <Nurses monitored the patient's heart rate.>

Examples of monitor in a sentence

  1. Nurses constantly monitored the patient's heart rate.

  2. We're in a good position to monitor and respond to customer concerns.

  3. Government agents have been monitoring the enemy's radio communications.

Origin and Etymology of monitor

see 1monitor


First Known Use: 1924



MONITOR Defined for English Language Learners


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monitor

verb mon·i·tor

Definition of monitor for English Language Learners

  • : to watch, observe, listen to, or check (something) for a special purpose over a period of time


MONITOR Defined for Kids

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monitor

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noun mon·i·tor \ˈmä-nə-tər\

Definition of monitor for Students

  1. 1 :  a video screen used for display (as of television pictures or computer information)

  2. 2 :  a student in a school picked for a special duty (as keeping order)

  3. 3 :  a person or thing that watches or checks something <a heart monitor>


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monitor

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verb mon·i·tor

Definition of monitor for Students

monitored

monitoring

  1. :  to watch or check for a special reason <Nurses monitored the patient's heart rate.>


Medical Dictionary

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monitor

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noun mon·i·tor \ˈmän-ət-ər\

Medical Definition of monitor

  1. :  one that monitors; especially :  a device for observing or measuring a biologically important condition or function <a heart monitor>


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monitor

transitive verb mon·i·tor

Medical Definition of monitor

monitored

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monitoring

\ˈmän-ət-ə-riŋ, ˈmän-ə-triŋ\play
  1. 1:  to watch, observe, or check closely or continuously <monitor a patient's vital signs>

  2. 2:  to test for intensity of radiations especially if due to radioactivity



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