Monitor top, the raised central portion, or clearstory, of a car roof, having low windows along its sides.

(Mon`i*to"ri*al) a.

1. (Metaph.) That doctrine which refers all phenomena to a single ultimate constituent or agent; — the opposite of dualism.

The doctrine has been held in three generic forms: matter and its phenomena have been explained as a modification of mind, involving an idealistic monism; or mind has been explained by and resolved into matter, giving a materialistic monism; or, thirdly, matter, mind, and their phenomena have been held to be manifestations or modifications of some one substance, like the substance of Spinoza, or a supposed unknown something of some evolutionists, which is capable of an objective and subjective aspect.

2. (Biol.) See Monogenesis, 1.

(Mon"ist), n. A believer in monism.

(Mo*nis"tic) a. Of, pertaining to, or involving, monism.

(Mo*ni"tion) n. [F., fr. L. monitio, from monere to warn, bring to mind; akin to E. mind. See Mind, and cf. Admonish, Money, Monster.]

1. Instruction or advice given by way of caution; an admonition; a warning; a caution.

Sage monitions from his friends.

2. Information; indication; notice; advice.

We have no visible monition of . . . other periods, such as we have of the day by successive light and darkness.

3. (Admiralty Practice) A process in the nature of a summons to appear and answer.

4. (Eccl. Law) An order monishing a party complained against to obey under pain of the law. Shipley.

(Mon"i*tive) a. Conveying admonition; admonitory. Barrow.

(Mon"i*tor) n. [L., fr. monere. See Monition, and cf. Mentor.]

1. One who admonishes; one who warns of faults, informs of duty, or gives advice and instruction by way of reproof or caution.

You need not be a monitor to the king.

2. Hence, specifically, a pupil selected to look to the school in the absence of the instructor, to notice the absence or faults of the scholars, or to instruct a division or class.

3. (Zoöl.) Any large Old World lizard of the genus Varanus; esp., the Egyptian species (V. Niloticus), which is useful because it devours the eggs and young of the crocodile. It is sometimes five or six feet long.

4. [So called from the name given by Captain Ericson, its designer, to the first ship of the kind.] An ironclad war vessel, very low in the water, and having one or more heavily-armored revolving turrets, carrying heavy guns.

5. (Mach.) 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 successively the several tools in holds into proper position for cutting.

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