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 for monitor
From 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
        [1913 Webster]
              You need not be a monitor to the king. --Bacon.
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     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.
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     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.
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     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.
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     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.
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     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.
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From 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
         the Merrimac
      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

From 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

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

     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">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.

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