Control Definition

controlled, controlling, controls
controlled, controlling, controls
To regulate (financial affairs)
Webster's New World
To exercise authority over; direct; command.
Webster's New World
To check or verify (payments, accounts, etc.) by comparison with a duplicate register.
Webster's New World
To operate or regulate.
This knob controls the volume of sound.
Webster's New World
To verify (an experiment) by comparison with a standard or by other experiments.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
The condition of being directed or restrained; restraint.
The car went out of control.
Webster's New World
A means of controlling; check.
Wage and price controls.
Webster's New World
A set of such instruments.
American Heritage
A device used to adjust or control.
The volume control on an amplifier.
Webster's New World

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Origin of Control

  • 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 ret- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English conterrolle, from Old French contrerole, from Medieval Latin contrarotulum (“a counter-roll or register used to verify accounts”), from Latin contra (“against, opposite”) + Medieval Latin rotulus, Latin rotula (“roll, a little wheel”), diminutive of rota (“a wheel”).

    From Wiktionary

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