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  • v. Present participle of monitor.
  • n. The act of listening, carrying out surveillance on, and/or recording the emissions of one's own or allied forces for the purpose of maintaining and improving procedural standards and security, or for reference, as applicable.
  • n. The act of listening, carrying out surveillance on, and/or recording of enemy emissions for intelligence purposes.
  • n. The act of detecting the presence of signals, such as electromagnetic radiation, sound, or visual signals, and the measurement thereof with appropriate measuring instruments.
  • n. The act of detecting the presence of radiation and the measurement thereof with radiation measuring instruments.

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  • n. the act of observing something (and sometimes keeping a record of it)


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  • Originally, in English, the definition of the term monitoring was limited to characterizing “someone who gives a warning so that a mistake can be avoided”.


  • If you think the monitoring is all done, you should check out the OCO mission.

    President's Science Advisor Talks About NASA - NASA Watch

  • This monitoring is aimed at helping geologists understand the inner workings of volcanoes as well as providing warnings of impending eruptions, in the United States and in active areas around the world where U.S. military bases are located, such as the Philippines.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Case for Volcano Monitoring

  • Such short-term monitoring is not uncommon, but both Louisiana and Pennsylvania have monitored other sites for significantly longer periods — often months — before reaching conclusions.

    States' tests for toxic air near schools called into doubt

  • "That does not lend itself to long-term monitoring, which is what you need if you want to study things like climate change," he told BBC News.

    BBC News - Home

  • Indeed, with regard to several of our CAP taxpayers that have been in the program for a number of years, we will be moving them to what we refer to as a monitoring program, where we address and resolve issues with a taxpayer as they arise. Current News - Top Stories

  • 8 The term "monitoring" in this context references the collection, filtering and rules infrastructure that lives in subsystems that are typically not integrated with the application logic.

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  • Shot with a mini-DV, the film questions whether this kind of monitoring is justified and healthy.

    The Great Indian School Show

  • It is argued that removal of the information failure which GDP represents, in monitoring economic progress and guiding public policy, will lead to decisions and developments being more in line with improving human well-being.

    Three Papers You Have Not Seen, But May Want To

  • Privacy concerns should outweigh such investigations; the government should not, for instance, get involved in monitoring intellectual disputes or academic pranks like the Sokal hoax (one could easily have arrested Sokal and seized all of his emails under the pretext that he had done something “dishonest”).

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Draft Testimony on Reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act


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