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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
con•trol /kənˈtroʊl/USA pronunciation
v., -trolled, -trol•ling, n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [~ + object]
- to regulate, govern, or command;
manage:The pilot controlled the plane from the cockpit.
- to hold (something) in check; hold (something) back:to control one's emotions.
- to prevent the spread of:The firefighters worked to control the forest fire.
- the act or power of controlling[uncountable]Who has control over the newspaper now?
- [uncountable] check or restraint: My anger was under control.
- [countable] a person who acts as a check; controller.
- Mechanical Engineeringcontrols, [plural] an arrangement of devices, such as switches, for regulating or directing the operation of a machine:The controls are easy to understand and within easy reach of the driver.
con•trol•la•ble,adj.: At this point the problem is still controllable.
con•trol•ling,adj. [before a noun]has a controlling interest in the company.
- at the controls, in charge of;
directing:Is anyone at the controls at headquarters?
(kən trōl′), v., -trolled, -trol•ling, n.
- to exercise restraint or direction over;
- to hold in check;
curb:to control a horse; to control one's emotions.
- to test or verify (a scientific experiment) by a parallel experiment or other standard of comparison.
- to eliminate or prevent the flourishing or spread of:to control a forest fire.
- [Obs.]to check or regulate (transactions), originally by means of a duplicate register.
- the act or power of controlling; regulation;
domination or command:Who's in control here?
- the situation of being under the regulation, domination, or command of another:The car is out of control.
- check or restraint:Her anger is under control.
- a legal or official means of regulation or restraint:to institute wage and price controls.
- a standard of comparison in scientific experimentation.
- a person who acts as a check; controller.
- a device for regulating and guiding a machine, as a motor or airplane.
- controls, a coordinated arrangement of such devices.
- prevention of the flourishing or spread of something undesirable:rodent control.
- Sport[Baseball.]the ability of a pitcher to throw the ball into the strike zone consistently:The rookie pitcher has great power but no control.
- Stamps[Philately.]any device printed on a postage or revenue stamp to authenticate it as a government issue or to identify it for bookkeeping purposes.
- a spiritual agency believed to assist a medium at a séance.
- the supervisor to whom an espionage agent reports when in the field.
con•trol′la•ble, adj., n.
con•trol′la•bil′i•ty, con•trol′la•ble•ness, n.
1 . manage, govern, rule. 2 . restrain, bridle, constrain. 6 . management, government, reign, rule, mastery. See authority.
- Anglo-French contreroller to keep a duplicate account or roll, derivative of contrerolle (noun, nominal). See counter-, roll
- late Middle English co(u)ntrollen (verb, verbal) 1425–75
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
control /kənˈtrəʊl/ vb ( -trols, -trolling, -trolled)(transitive)
- to command, direct, or rule
- to check, limit, curb, or regulate; restrain: to control one's emotions, to control a fire
- to regulate or operate (a machine)
- to verify (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment in which the variable being investigated is held constant or is compared with a standard
- to regulate (financial affairs)
- to examine and verify (financial accounts)
- to restrict or regulate the authorized supply of (certain substances, such as drugs)
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French conteroller to regulate, from contrerolle duplicate register, system of checking, from contre- counter- + rolle rollconˈtrollable adj conˌtrollaˈbility, conˈtrollableness n conˈtrollably adv
- power to direct or determine: under control, out of control
- a means of regulation or restraint; curb; check: a frontier control
- (often plural) a device or mechanism for operating a car, aircraft, etc
- a standard of comparison used in a statistical analysis or scientific experiment
- a device that regulates the operation of a machine. A dynamic control is one that incorporates a governor so that it responds to the output of the machine it regulates
- (as modifier): control panel, control room
- an agency believed to assist the medium in a séance
- Also called: control mark a letter, or letter and number, printed on a sheet of postage stamps, indicating authenticity, date, and series of issue
- one of a number of checkpoints on a car rally, orienteering course, etc, where competitors check in and their time, performance, etc, is recorded
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