- 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)
Origin of monitor
Related Words for monitoredcontrol, audit, scan, oversee, track, observe, survey, supervise, follow, check, record, counsel, advise
Examples from the Web for monitored
Contemporary Examples of monitored
A guard is manning the door, which is always kept ajar so she can be monitored.Should Teens Have The Right To Die?
January 8, 2015
For its part, the East German government spied on him and monitored his scripts.Brecht's Mercenary Mother Courage Turns 75
September 10, 2014
Ministry of Health protocols called for Sawyer to be to be monitored daily for 21 days.How Bureaucrats Let Ebola Spread to Nigeria
August 14, 2014
The progress of the caravan of SUVs and buses ferrying the embassy staff out to Tunisia was monitored in real-time in Washington.U.S. Diplomats and Marines Close Embassy and Flee Libya Fighting
July 27, 2014
Gaza, the strip of land where Hamas has been the sovereign since 2007, is one of the most monitored places on Earth.Hamas Has Already Won Its Rocket War With Israel
July 16, 2014
Historical Examples of monitored
Only fragments of the broadcasts could be monitored, because radio reception had suddenly deteriorated right across the world.Warning from the Stars
Ordinarily communications were not monitored but if this one had been there could certainly be a slander complaint.Cerebrum
We'll use transmitter buoys, monitored by an alarm system at base headquarters on Fearing.Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung
To use biofeedback equipment, electrodes are taped to the areas of your body that are to be monitored.When You Don't Know Where to Turn
Steven J. Bartlett
Very, very carefully, he monitored all the wave-lengths and wave-forms he could discover in use on Weald.Pariah Planet
- 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
Word Origin for monitor
1540s, "senior pupil at a school charged with keeping order, etc.," from Latin monitor "one who reminds, admonishes, or checks," also "an overseer, instructor, guide, teacher," agent noun from monere "to admonish, warn, advise," related to memini "I remember, I am mindful of," and to mens "mind," from PIE root *men- "to think" (see mind (n.)).
The type of lizard so called because it is supposed to give warning of crocodiles (1826). Meaning "squat, slow-moving type of ironclad warship" (1862) so called from name of the first vessel of this design, chosen by the inventor, Swedish-born U.S. engineer John Ericsson (1803-1889), because it was meant to "admonish" the Confederate leaders in the U.S. Civil War. Broadcasting sense of "a device to continuously check on the technical quality of a transmission" (1931) led to special sense of "a TV screen displaying the picture from a particular camera."
1818, "to guide;" 1924, "to check for quality" (originally especially of radio signals), from monitor (n.). General sense from 1944. Related: Monitored; monitoring.