monitoring meaning

Pronunciation:   "monitoring" in a sentence
  • Noun: monitoring  mónuturing
    1. The act of observing something (and sometimes keeping a record of it)
      "the monitoring of enemy communications plays an important role in war times"
    Verb: monitor  mónitu(r)
    1. Keep tabs on; keep an eye on; keep under surveillance
      "we are monitoring the air quality"; "the police monitor the suspect's moves"
      - supervise 
    2. Check, track, or observe by means of a receiver

    Derived forms: monitorings

    Type of: observance, observation, observe, watching

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  • [Defence]
    (*) 1. The act of listening, carrying out surveillance on, and/or recording the emissions of one’s own or allied forces for the purposes of maintaining and improving procedural standards and security, or for reference, as applicable.
    2. The act of listening, carrying out surveillance on, and/or recording of enemy emissions for intelligence purposes.
    3. The act of detecting the presence of radiation and the measurement thereof with radiation measuring instruments.
    Also called radiological monitoring.

  • [Economics]
    The process of checking whether individuals or firms are actually behaving as they should. This applies to seeing whether laws imposed by the government are being obeyed; whether instructions issued by regulatory agencies to firms are being complied with; whether orders by employers to their employees are actually being carried out; and whether the other party is complying with the terms of a contract. Monitoring is necessary because it may not be in the private interest of firms to obey laws and regulations, or in the private interests of employees to obey their employers. Monitoring is expensive: in designing laws and issuing private orders it is thus sensible to bear in mind the trade-off between desirable aims and keeping down monitoring costs.

  • [Electronics]
    The act, process, or technique of observing an action while it is in progress or checking a quantity while it is varying. Examples: carrier monitoring, modulation monitoring, and line-voltage monitoring.


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  1. nursing management and monitoring are essentially the same.
  2. perhaps the single most widely used monitoring device is the electrocardiogram.
  3. a very rigid disease monitoring system is essential in such enterprises.
  4. there is only, at best, random monitoring of wastewater effluent by the pollution control agency.
  5. the linear rollback method is perhaps the simplest one based directly on air monitoring data.

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