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1 display consisting of a device that takes signals from a computer and displays them on a CRT screen [syn: monitoring device]
2 someone who supervises (an examination) [syn: proctor]
3 someone who gives a warning so that a mistake can be avoided [syn: admonisher, reminder]
4 an iron-clad vessel built by Federal forces to do battle with the Merrimac
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 lizard, varan] v : keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance [syn: supervise, ride herd on]

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see Monitor



From monitor, from perfect passive participle monitus, from verb monere



  1. Someone who watches over something; a person in charge of something or someone.
  2. A device similar to a television set used as to give a graphical display of the output from a computer.
  3. A class of warship designed for shore bombardment rather than combat with other ships.
  4. A type of warship designed for riverine warfare
  5. An all-iron steam-powered screw-propelled warship with one or two dual gun turrets, and low freeboard
  6. An ironclad
  7. A monitor lizard.


Someone who watches over something
  • Croatian: monitor
  • French: moniteur, monitrice
  • Portuguese: monitor
  • Russian: наставник
  • Spanish: monitor
Computer display
  • Arabic: (shāsht il-ʕarɖ)
  • Croatian: monitor
  • Czech: monitor
  • Dutch: monitor, beeldscherm
  • French: écran, moniteur
  • German: Monitor, Bildschirm
  • Greek: οθόνη
  • Italian: monitor
  • Japanese: モニター
  • Lithuanuan: monitorius , ekranas
  • Polish: monitor
  • Portuguese: monitor
  • Russian: монитор, экран
  • Serbian: екран (ekran)
  • Spanish: monitor
  • Swedish: bildskärm
  • Turkish: ekran


  1. To watch over, guard.
    He carefully monitored the chemical experiment.



watch over, guard
  • Arabic:
  • Bosnian: nadgledati
  • Dutch: controleren
  • Finnish: vahtia, valvoa
  • French: contrôler, surveiller
  • German: überwachen, abhören, überprüfen
  • Greek: παρακολουθώ, εποπτεύω
  • Italian: monitorare, supervisionare
  • Norwegian: overvåke
  • Polish: monitorować
  • Spanish: controlar



From monitor.


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  1. monitor (electronic device as in computer monitor)
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Extensive Definition

Monitor may refer to:

Computers and technology


Companies Media and Entertainment

Place names

Other meanings

  • Fire monitor, an aimable and controllable water jet used for firefighting
  • Monitor (NHS), a United Kingdom government agency also known as the Independent Regulator for NHS Foundation Trusts
  • Monitor lizard
  • Hall monitor, a student who supervises the corridors of a school
monitor in Czech: Monitor
monitor in German: Monitor
monitor in Spanish: Monitor
monitor in Esperanto: Monitoro
monitor in French: Moniteur
monitor in Korean: 모니터
monitor in Croatian: Monitor
monitor in Indonesian: Monitor
monitor in Italian: Monitor
monitor in Latin: Monitor
monitor in Dutch: Monitor
monitor in Japanese: モニター
monitor in Polish: Monitor
monitor in Portuguese: Monitor (desambiguação)
monitor in Russian: Монитор (значения)
monitor in Simple English: Monitor
monitor in Slovak: Monitor
monitor in Serbo-Croatian: Monitor (razvrstavanje)
monitor in Swedish: Monitor
monitor in Thai: มอนิเตอร์
monitor in Ukrainian: Монітор (значення)
monitor in Volapük: Monitor

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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