Monitor vs Orient - What's the difference?

monitor | orient |

As proper nouns the difference between monitor and orient

is that monitor is any of several publications eg the "christian science monitor" while orient is countries of asia, especially east asia.

As a noun orient is

a pear cultivar from the united states.



Alternative forms

* monitour (obsolete)


(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


    (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.


    * oversee, supervise, track


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    (en verb)
  • To familiarize with a situation or circumstance.
  • Give him time to orient himself within the new hierarchy.
  • To set the focus of so as to relate or appeal to a certain group.
  • We will orient our campaign to the youth who are often disinterested.
  • To point at or direct towards.
  • I will orient all of the signs to face the road.
  • To determine which direction one is facing.
  • Let me just orient myself and we can be on our way.
  • To place or build so as to face eastward.
  • To change direction so as to face east.
  • (by extension) To change direction to face a certain way.
  • Synonyms

    * orientate (UK)

    Derived terms

    () * orientate (UK) * orientation * orienteer


    (en noun)
  • (Orient)
  • The part of the horizon where the sun first appears in the morning; the east.
  • * Tennyson
  • [Morn] came furrowing all the orient into gold.
  • (obsolete) A pearl of orient.
  • * 1890 , (Oscar Wilde), The Picture of Dorian Gray , Vintage 2007, p. 120:
  • Henry II wore jewelled gloves reaching to the elbow, and had a hawk-glove sewn with twelve rubies and fifty-two great orients .


  • (obsolete, poetic) Rising, like the sun.
  • * Milton
  • Moon, that now meet'st the orient sun
  • eastern; oriental
  • * Hakluyt
  • the orient part
  • Bright; lustrous; superior; pure; perfect; pellucid; used of gems and also figuratively, because the most perfect jewels are found in the East.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • pearls round and orient
  • * Wordsworth
  • orient gems
  • * Milton
  • orient liquor in a crystal glass


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