- The definition of control is power to direct, or an accepted comparison model in an experiment, or a device used for regulation.
- An example of control is someone knowing exactly where everything is located in their house.
- An example of a control is a chemical drug used in a urine drug testing lab.
- An example of a control is a volume knob on a stereo.
- Control is defined as to command, restrain, or manage.
- An example of control is telling your dog to sit.
- An example of control is keeping your dog on a leash.
- An example of control is managing all the coordination of a party.
The volume control of a stereo system.
control definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete to check or verify (payments, accounts, etc.) by comparison with a duplicate register
- to regulate (financial affairs)
- to verify (an experiment) by comparison with a standard or by other experiments
- to exercise authority over; direct; command
- to operate or regulate: this knob controls the volume of sound
- to hold back; curb; restrain: control your grief
Origin: Middle English countrollen ; from Anglo-French contreroller ; from French contrerole ; from Midieval Latin contrarotulus, a counter, register ; from Classical Latin contra, against plush rotulus: see roll
- the act or fact of controlling; power to direct or regulate; ability to use effectively: her control over her passions, the violinist's control of his vibrato
- the condition of being directed or restrained; restraint: the car went out of control
- a means of controlling; check: wage and price controls
- a standard of comparison for verifying or checking the findings of an experiment; specif., such a standard obtained by withholding the substance, treatment, drug, etc. being tested
- an instrument or apparatus to regulate a mechanism: usually used in pl.
- a device used to adjust or control: the volume control on an amplifier
- a spirit supposed to direct the actions and speech of a spiritualistic medium
control definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb con·trolled, con·trol·ling, con·trols
- To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over; direct. See Synonyms at conduct.
- To adjust to a requirement; regulate: controlled trading on the stock market; controls the flow of water.
- To hold in restraint; check: struggled to control my temper.
- To reduce or prevent the spread of: control insects; controlled the fire by dousing it with water.
- a. To verify or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or by comparing with another standard.b. To verify (an account, for example) by using a duplicate register for comparison.
- Authority or ability to manage or direct: lost control of the skidding car; the leaders in control of the country.
- a. One that controls; a controlling agent, device, or organization.b. An instrument or set of instruments used to operate, regulate, or guide a machine or vehicle. Often used in the plural.
- A restraining device, measure, or limit; a curb: a control on prices; price controls.
- a. A standard of comparison for checking or verifying the results of an experiment.b. An individual or group used as a standard of comparison in a control experiment.
- An intelligence agent who supervises or instructs another agent.
- A spirit presumed to speak or act through a medium.
Origin: Middle English controllen, from Anglo-Norman contreroller, from Medieval Latin contrārotulāre, to check by duplicate register, from contrārotulus, duplicate register : Latin contrā-, contra- + Latin rotulus, roll, diminutive of rota, wheel; see ret- in Indo-European roots.
- con·trolˌla·bilˈi·ty noun
- con·trolˈla·ble adjective
- con·trolˈla·bly adverb
control - Business Definition
control - Computer Definition
A program module or routine that enhances the functionality of a program. A control can be as small as a single button on a user interface or as large as a complicated forecasting algorithm. The term is often used with regard to user interface functions such as buttons, menus and dialog boxes. See ActiveX control, AWT, anchor and user interface control.
control - Medical Definition
- To verify or regulate a scientific experiment by conducting a parallel experiment or by comparing with another standard.
- To hold in restraint; check.
- A standard of comparison for checking or verifying the results of an experiment.
- An individual or group used as a standard of comparison in a control experiment.
control - Phrases/Idioms
control - Science Definition