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Samuel, like the rest, had felt the sudden apparition of this monitor.

Written three days before the foundering of the Monitor off Hatteras, Dec. 31st 1862.

Being a downeaster, he liked to keep on good terms with that monitor.

We went; we bore down upon the Monitor, now in deeper water.

The Monitor dropped astern, and again we turned and tried to ram her.

The Monitor was there, an old foe—the cheese box on a shingle.

She was, indeed, his safeguard and his hourly monitor while she lived.

He cooled down considerably and looked meditatively at his monitor.

The Monitor was a Kessingland craft, and belonged to one Hutton.

Of course a monitor could do no wrong, and it was no use objecting on that score.


1540s, "senior pupil at a school charged with keeping order, etc.," from Latin monitor "one who reminds, admonishes, or checks," also "an overseer, instructor, guide, teacher," agent noun from monere "to admonish, warn, advise," related to memini "I remember, I am mindful of," and to mens "mind," from PIE root *men- "to think" (see mind (n.)).

The type of lizard so called because it is supposed to give warning of crocodiles (1826). Meaning "squat, slow-moving type of ironclad warship" (1862) so called from name of the first vessel of this design, chosen by the inventor, Swedish-born U.S. engineer John Ericsson (1803-1889), because it was meant to "admonish" the Confederate leaders in the U.S. Civil War. Broadcasting sense of "a device to continuously check on the technical quality of a transmission" (1931) led to special sense of "a TV screen displaying the picture from a particular camera."


Dutch uncle

nounhonest critic or adviser
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