monitor lizard

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monitor lizard

Any of various carnivorous lizards of the genus Varanus of tropical Africa, Asia, and Australasia, having a forked tongue and a long neck, and ranging in size from very small to very large.


(ˈmɒn ɪ tər)

1. a student appointed to assist in the conduct of a class or school, as to help keep order.
2. a person who admonishes, esp. with reference to conduct.
3. something that serves to remind or give warning.
4. a device or arrangement for observing, detecting, or recording the operation of a machine or system, esp. an automatic control system.
5. an instrument for detecting dangerous gases, radiation, etc.
6. Radio and Television. a receiving apparatus used in a control room or studio for monitoring transmissions.
7. a component with a display screen for viewing computer data, television programs, etc.
a. a former U.S. steam-propelled, armored warship of very low freeboard.
b. (cap., italics) the first of such warships, used by Union forces against the Merrimack in 1862.
9. a raised construction straddling the ridge of a roof and having windows or louvers for lighting or ventilating a building.
10. any lizard of the family Varanidae, of Africa, S Asia, the East Indies, and Australia, fabled to give warning of the presence of crocodiles.
11. Radio and Television. to listen to (transmitted signals) on a receiving set in order to check the quality of the transmission.
12. to observe, record, or detect (an operation or condition) with instruments that have no effect upon the operation or condition.
13. to oversee, supervise, or regulate.
14. to watch closely for purposes of control, surveillance, etc.; keep track of.
15. to serve as a monitor, detector, supervisor, etc.
[1540–50; < Latin: adviser =moni-, variant s. of monēre to advise, warn + -tor -tor]
mon′i•tor•ship`, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.monitor lizard - any of various large tropical carnivorous lizards of Africa and Asia and Australiamonitor lizard - any of various large tropical carnivorous lizards of Africa and Asia and Australia; fabled to warn of crocodiles
lizard - relatively long-bodied reptile with usually two pairs of legs and a tapering tail
genus Varanus, Varanus - type and sole extant genus of the Varanidae
African monitor, Varanus niloticus - destroys crocodile eggs
dragon lizard, giant lizard, Komodo dragon, Komodo lizard, Varanus komodoensis - the largest lizard in the world (10 feet); found on Indonesian islands
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