[syn: monitor, supervise]
2. check, track, or observe by means of a receiver;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Monitor \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. (Zool.) 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.
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.
6. A monitor nozzle.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Monitor top, the raised central portion, or clearstory, of
a car roof, having low windows along its sides.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: someone who supervises (an examination) [syn: proctor,
2: someone who gives a warning so that a mistake can be avoided
[syn: admonisher, monitor, reminder]
3: an ironclad vessel built by Federal forces to do battle with
4: display produced by a device that takes signals and displays
them on a television screen or a computer monitor [syn:
monitor, monitoring device]
5: electronic equipment that is used to check the quality or
content of electronic transmissions
6: a piece of electronic equipment that keeps track of the
operation of a system continuously and warns of trouble
7: any of various large tropical carnivorous lizards of Africa
and Asia and Australia; fabled to warn of crocodiles [syn:
monitor, monitor lizard, varan]
v 1: keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance; "we
are monitoring the air quality"; "the police monitor the
suspect's moves" [syn: monitor, supervise]
2: check, track, or observe by means of a receiver
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
179 Moby Thesaurus words for "monitor":
ARRL, Big Brother, CRT, Cassandra, Dutch uncle, Jeremiah, Polonius,
TV man, admonisher, adviser, amateur radio operator, announcer,
annunciator, apprentice teacher, audit, auditor, authority,
autodidact, autopsy, backseat driver, boatswain, boss, buttinsky,
cameraman, canvass, cautioner, channel, check, check out,
check over, check up on, chief, communicant, communicator,
comptroller, confidant, consultant, control engineer, controller,
counsel, counselor, custodian, display, educatee, enlightener,
examine, expert, expert witness, flagman, floor manager, floorman,
floorwalker, follow, foreman, gaffer, ganger, give an examination,
go over, gossipmonger, graduate assistant, grapevine, guard,
guardian, guide, ham, head, headman, informant, information center,
information medium, informer, inquirer, inspect, inspector,
instructor, intern, interviewee, keep track of, kibitzer, learner,
lighthouse keeper, look at, look over, lookout, lookout man,
meddler, mentor, mixer, mouthpiece, nestor, newsmonger,
noncommissioned officer, notifier, observe, orienter, overhaul,
overlook, overman, oversee, overseer, paraprofessional, pass over,
pass under review, peer at, peruse, pore over, postmortem,
practice teacher, praepostor, preceptist, prefect, press, proctor,
prophet of doom, public relations officer, publisher, pupil,
pupil teacher, radio, radio electrician, radio engineer,
radio operator, radio technician, radioman, radiotelegrapher,
radiotrician, record, reporter, review, run over, scan, scholar,
scrutinize, self-taught person, sentinel, sentry,
set an examination, signaler, signalman, sirdar, size, size up,
slave driver, source, spokesman, straw boss, student,
student assistant, studier, study, subforeman, super, superintend,
superintendent, supervise, supervisor, survey, surveyor,
take stock of, take the measure, taskmaster, teacher,
teaching assistant, teaching fellow, teaching intern, television,
television technician, teller, tipster, tout, trace, track,
trainee, vet, visitor, warner, watch, watchdog, witness
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
1. A cathode-ray tube and associated electronics connected
to a computer's video output. A monitor may be either
monochrome (black and white) or colour (RGB). Colour
monitors may show either digital colour (each of the red,
green and blue signals may be either on or off, giving eight
possible colours: black, white, red, green, blue, cyan,
magenta and yellow) or analog colour (red, green and blue
signals are continuously variable allowing any combination to
be displayed). Digital monitors are sometimes known as TTL
because the voltages on the red, green and blue inputs are
compatible with TTL logic chips.
See also gamut, multisync, visual display unit.
2. A programming language construct which encapsulates
variables, access procedures and initialisation code within an
abstract data type. The monitor's variable may only be
accessed via its access procedures and only one process may be
actively accessing the monitor at any one time. The access
procedures are critical sections. A monitor may have a
queue of processes which are waiting to access it.
3. A hardware device that measures electrical events such as
pulses or voltage levels in a digital computer.
4. To oversee a program during execution. For example, the
monitor function in the Unix C library enables profiling
of a certain range of code addresses. A histogram is produced
showing how often the program counter was found to be at
each position and how often each profiled function was called.
Unix man page: monitor(3).
5. A control program within the operating system that
manages the allocation of system resources to active
6. A program that measures software performance.