- a receiving apparatus used in a control room, especially to provide a steady check of the quality of an audio or video transmission.
- a similar apparatus placed in various parts of a studio so that an audience can watch a recorded portion of a show, the performer can see the various segments of a program, etc.
- any such receiving apparatus used in a closed-circuit system, as in an operating room.
- the screen component of a computer, especially a free-standing screen.
- a control program.Compare operating system.
- a group of systems used to measure the performance of a computer system.
- a former U.S. steam-propelled, armored warship of very low freeboard, having one or more turrets and used for coastal defense.
- (initial capital letter, italics) the first of such warships, used against the Confederate ironclad warship Merrimac at Hampton Roads, Va., in 1862.
verb (used with object)
- to listen to (transmitted signals) on a receiving set in order to check the quality of the transmission.
- to view or listen to (television or radio transmissions) in order to check the quality of the video or audio.
- to listen to (a radio conversation or channel); keep tuned to.
verb (used without object)
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Origin of monitor
OTHER WORDS FROM monitormon·i·tor·ship, nounself-mon·i·tor·ing, adjectiveun·mon·i·tored, adjective
How to use monitor in a sentence
At the same time, courts in the US and Australia began to experiment with using ankle monitors for an entirely different purpose—enforcing quarantine orders.Covid-19 has led to a worrisome uptick in the use of electronic ankle monitors|Amy Nordrum|October 8, 2020|MIT Technology Review
DisplayFusion offers even more control over virtual monitors or different areas of your screens.Make the most of your dual or ultrawide monitor setup|David Nield|October 1, 2020|Popular Science
Both feature optical heart-rate monitoring, a temperature monitor and an SpO2 sensor — which was possibly the biggest upgrade announced for the Apple Watch Series 6.
Ultra-wide high-definition monitors can totally change your experience—transforming the sad apartment office to a digital command center out of some William Gibson cyberpunk thriller.Ultra-wide computer monitors to enhance your setup|PopSci Commerce Team|September 22, 2020|Popular Science
There wasn’t a studio audience but a virtual one, with faces beamed in on monitors put in the audience seats.Ellen DeGeneres vows ‘new chapter’ as her daytime talk show begins its new season|radmarya|September 21, 2020|Fortune
A guard is manning the door, which is always kept ajar so she can be monitored.
Some eyes in the park watched him while the police monitored the situation from several street corners.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Once back in his Harlem apartment, he closely monitored his condition, taking his temperature twice a day.Why New York’s Ebola Case Will Hurt Infected Patients Everywhere|Abby Haglage|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For its part, the East German government spied on him and monitored his scripts.
That brings us back to the cloud system monitored by the Cassini mission between July 20 and 22.
The communicator-screen faithfully monitored the end of the commercial.Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The Med Ship floated free, and Calhoun fretfully monitored all the beacon frequencies known to man.
Very, very carefully, he monitored all the wave-lengths and wave-forms he could discover in use on Weald.
Unattended ground sensors allow critical areas to be monitored continually.Shock and Awe|Harlan K. Ullman
We have monitored reports that the government is checking airlocks at all cities.Rebels of the Red Planet|Charles Louis Fontenay
British Dictionary definitions for monitor
- a senior pupil with various supervisory duties
- a pupil assisting a teacher in classroom organization, etc
- a loudspeaker used in a recording studio control room to determine quality or balance
- a loudspeaker used on stage to enable musicians to hear themselves