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Dictionary Definition

control

Noun

1 power to direct or determine; "under control"
2 a relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or group) by another; "measures for the control of disease"; "they instituted controls over drinking on campus"
3 (physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc; "the timing and control of his movements were unimpaired"; "he had lost control of his sphincters"
4 a standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment; "the control condition was inappropriate for the conclusions he wished to draw" [syn: control condition]
5 the activity of managing or exerting control over something; "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
6 the state that exists when one person or group has power over another; "her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her" [syn: dominance, ascendance, ascendence, ascendancy, ascendency]
7 discipline in personal and social activities; "he was a model of polite restraint"; "she never lost control of herself" [syn: restraint] [ant: unrestraint]
8 great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity; "a good command of French" [syn: command, mastery]
9 the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.; "they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"
10 a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine; "the speed control on his turntable was not working properly"; "I turned the controls over to her" [syn: controller]
11 a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance

Verb

1 exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the budget"; "Command the military forces" [syn: command]
2 lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger" [syn: hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate]
3 handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever" [syn: operate]
4 control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage; "She manipulates her boss"; "She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up"; "The teacher knew how to keep the class in line"; "she keeps in line" [syn: manipulate, keep in line]
5 verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard, of scientific experiments; "Are you controlling for the temperature?" [syn: verify]
6 verify by using a duplicate register for comparison; "control an account"
7 be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something; "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the product" [syn: see, check, insure, see to it, ensure, ascertain, assure]
8 have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; "Do you control these data?" [syn: master] [also: controlling, controlled]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Middle English controllen, borrowed from Middle French contreroller, 'check against a duplicate account', from Medieval Latin contrarotulare, from contra 'opposite' + rotula 'roll, little wheel'.

Pronunciation

  • US: /kənˈt(ʃ)roʊl/, /k@n"t(S)roUl/
  • UK: /kənˈtrəʊl/, /k@n"tr@Ul/

Verb

  1. To exercise influence over, to suggest or dictate the behavior of.
    With a simple remote, he could control the toy truck.

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Translations

Noun

  1. Influence or authority over.
    The government has complete control over the situation.
  2. A separate group or subject in an experiment against which the results are compared where the primary variable is low or nonexistence.
  3. The method and means of governing the performance of any apparatus, machine or system, such as a lever, handle or button.
  4. A security mechanism, policy, or procedure that can counter system attack, reduce risks, and resolve vulnerabilities, synonymous with safeguard and counter-measure.
  5. restraint or ability to contain one's emotions, or self-control.
  6. An interface element that a computer user interacts with, such as a window or a text box.

Synonyms

Translations

authority
  • German: Kontrolle
  • Spanish: administración, control, dirección, manejo, organización
in an experiment
machine
security mechanism
  • Spanish: contramedida
emotional restraint
  • Spanish: control, autodominio
graphical user interface element

Spanish

Noun

  1. Control, or running of a business
  2. Control of a machine. mando
  3. Control or emotional restraint. self-control

Extensive Definition

Control is used in a variety of contexts to express "mastery" or "proficiency": e.g. "Music students attending a master class are expected to have full control of basic skills such as rhythm and pitch".
Control may also refer to:

Management and finance

Science and technology

Popular culture

Film and television

control in German: Control
control in French: Contrôle
control in Dutch: Controlling
control in Polish: Kontrola
control in Portuguese: Controle
control in Serbo-Croatian: Kontrola
control in Turkish: Kontrol

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