Monitor vs Estimate - What's the difference?

monitor | estimate |


As a proper noun monitor

is any of several publications eg the "christian science monitor".

As a noun estimate is

a rough calculation or guess.

As a verb estimate is

to calculate roughly, often from imperfect data.

monitor

English

Alternative forms

* monitour (obsolete)

Noun

(en noun)
  • Someone who watches over something; a person in charge of something or someone.
  • The camp monitors look after the children during the night, when the teachers are asleep.
  • * 1829 , Charles Sprague,
  • And oft, mild friend, to me thou art
    A monitor , though still;
    Thou speak'st a lesson to my heart,
    Beyond the preacher's skill.
  • A device that detects and informs on the presence, quantity, etc., of something.
  • (computing) A device similar to a television set used as to give a graphical display of the output from a computer.
  • The information flashed up on the monitor .
  • (computing) A program for viewing and editing.
  • a machine code monitor
  • (British) A student leader in a class.
  • * 1871 , ,
  • So, as she did not like the masters to be prying about the play-ground out of school, she chose from among the biggest and most trustworthy of her pupils five monitors , who had authority over the rest of the Boys, and kept the unruly ones in order.
  • * 1881 , , Chapter X,
  • But it was not so—at least, not always—for though they fell out among themselves, they united their forces against the common enemy—the monitors !
  • (nautical) One of a class of relatively small armored warships designed for shore bombardment or riverine warfare rather than combat with other ships.
  • (archaic) An ironclad.
  • A monitor lizard.
  • (obsolete) One who admonishes; one who warns of faults, informs of duty, or gives advice and instruction by way of reproof or caution.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • You need not be a monitor to the king.
  • (engineering) 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 the several tools successively into position.
  • Derived terms

    * hall monitor * hallway monitor * monitor lizard * water monitor

    See also

    * display * screen * VDU

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To watch over; to guard.
  • * 1993 , H. Srinivasan, Prevention of Disabilities in Patients with Leprosy: A Practical Guide , World Health Organization, page 134,
  • Monitoring refers to keeping a watch over patients to ensure that they are practising what they have learnt about disability prevention correctly.
  • * 1997 , Bekir Onursal, Surhid P. Gautam, Vehicular Air Pollution: Experiences from Seven Latin American Urban Centers , Volumes 23-373, page 239,
  • During July 1989-February 1990 ambient SO2, was monitored using a mobile station in the residential-commercial neighborhood of Copacabana.
  • * 2002', Mark Baker, Garry Smith, ''GridRM: A Resource '''Monitoring Architecture for the Grid'', in Manish Parashar (editor), ''Grid Computing - GRID 2002: Third International Workshop , Springer, LNCS 2536, page 268,
  • A wide-area distributed system such as a Grid requires that a broad range of data be monitored' and collected for a variety of tasks such as fault detection and performance ' monitoring , analysis, prediction and tuning.

    Synonyms

    * oversee, supervise, track

    Anagrams

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    estimate

    English

    Alternative forms

    * (archaic)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A rough calculation or guess.
  • (construction and business) A document (or verbal notification) specifying how much a job will probably cost.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1928, author=Lawrence R. Bourne
  • , title=Well Tackled! , chapter=3 citation , passage=“They know our boats will stand up to their work,” said Willison, “and that counts for a good deal. A low estimate from us doesn't mean scamped work, but just that we want to keep the yard busy over a slack time.”}}

    Synonyms

    * estimation * appraisal

    Derived terms

    * ballpark estimate

    Verb

  • To calculate roughly, often from imperfect data.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1965, author=Ian Hacking, title=Logic of Statistical Inference, passage=I estimate that I need 400 board feet of lumber to complete a job, and then order 350 because I do not want a surplus, or perhaps order 450 because I do not want to make any subsequent orders.
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  • To judge and form an opinion of the value of, from imperfect data.
  • * John Locke
  • It is by the weight of silver, and not the name of the piece, that men estimate commodities and exchange them.
  • * J. C. Shairp
  • It is always very difficult to estimate the age in which you are living.

    Synonyms

    * appraise * guess

    Derived terms

    * estimable * underestimate * overestimate