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Definition: monitor


(1) A display screen that provides visual output from a computer, cable box, camera or other video-generating device. The two predominant screen technologies are LCD and OLED. See display standards, LCD, OLED, analog monitor, digital monitor and flat panel display.

(2) Software that observes the activities within a computer system. See computer monitoring.

(3) Hardware that gathers performance statistics via direct attachment to a CPU's circuit boards. See network analyzer.

(4) Firmware in a hardware device that provides control functions such as setting communications parameters. The monitor resides in a ROM or flash memory chip.