monitor

[mon-i-ter]
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noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to serve as a monitor, detector, supervisor, etc.

Origin of monitor

1540–50; < Latin: prompter, adviser, equivalent to moni-, variant stem of monēre to remind, advise, warn + -tor -tor
Related formsmon·i·tor·ship, nounself-mon·i·tor·ing, adjectiveun·mon·i·tored, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unmonitored

Historical Examples of unmonitored

  • Unmonitored, independent, the thousands of watchbirds received and acted upon it.

    Watchbird

    Robert Sheckley

  • They perked up when I told them that the games were unmonitored.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for unmonitored

monitor

noun

a person or piece of equipment that warns, checks, controls, or keeps a continuous record of something
education
  1. a senior pupil with various supervisory duties
  2. a pupil assisting a teacher in classroom organization, etc
a television screen used to display certain kinds of information in a television studio, airport, etc
the unit in a desk computer that contains the screen
  1. a loudspeaker used in a recording studio control room to determine quality or balance
  2. a loudspeaker used on stage to enable musicians to hear themselves
a device for controlling the direction of a water jet in fire fighting
any large predatory lizard of the genus Varanus and family Varanidae, inhabiting warm regions of Africa, Asia, and AustraliaSee also Komodo dragon
Also called: giant mining a nozzle for directing a high-pressure jet of water at the material to be excavated
(formerly) a small heavily armoured shallow-draught warship used for coastal assault

verb (tr)

to act as a monitor of
to observe or record (the activity or performance) of (an engine or other device)
to check (the technical quality of) (a radio or television broadcast)
Derived Formsmonitorial (ˌmɒnɪˈtɔːrɪəl), adjectivemonitorially, adverbmonitorship, nounmonitress, fem n

Word Origin for monitor

C16: from Latin, from monēre to advise
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Word Origin and History for unmonitored

monitor

n.

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."

monitor

v.

1818, "to guide;" 1924, "to check for quality" (originally especially of radio signals), from monitor (n.). General sense from 1944. Related: Monitored; monitoring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

unmonitored in Medicine

monitor

[mŏnĭ-tər]

n.

A usually electronic device used to record, regulate, or control a process or system.
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unmonitored in Science

monitor

[mŏnĭ-tər]

A device that accepts video signals from a computer and displays information on a screen. Monitors generally employ cathode-ray tubes or flat-panel displays to project the image. See Note at pixel.
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