Control meaning

kən-trōl
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.

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To exercise authoritative or dominating influence over; direct.

The majority party controls the legislative agenda.

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Authority or ability to manage or direct.

Lost control of the skidding car; the leaders in control of the country.

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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.

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To adjust to a requirement; regulate.

Rules that control trading on the stock market; valves that control the flow of water.

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The condition of being directed or restrained; restraint.

The car went out of control.

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To regulate (financial affairs)
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To hold in restraint; check.

Struggled to control my temper.

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An intelligence agent who supervises or instructs another agent.
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To verify or regulate a scientific experiment by conducting a parallel experiment or by comparing with another standard.
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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.

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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.
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To hold in restraint; check.
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To reduce or prevent the spread of.

Used a pesticide to control insects; controlled the fire by dousing it with water.

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One that controls; a controlling agent, device, or organization.
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A spirit presumed to speak or act through a medium.
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To operate or regulate.

This knob controls the volume of sound.

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To hold back; curb; restrain.

Control your grief.

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A means of controlling; check.

Wage and price controls.

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A spirit supposed to direct the actions and speech of a spiritualistic medium.
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A standard of comparison for checking or verifying the results of an experiment.
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An individual or group used as a standard of comparison in a scientific experiment, as a group of subjects given an inactive substance in an experiment testing a new drug administered to another group of subjects.
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A standard of comparison for checking or verifying the results of an experiment. In an experiment to test the effectiveness of a new drug, for example, one group of subjects (the control group) receives an inactive substance or placebo , while a comparison group receives the drug being tested.
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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.
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To exercise influence over, to suggest or dictate the behavior of, oversit.
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(countable, uncountable) Influence or authority over.

The government has complete control over the situation.

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The method and means of governing the performance of any apparatus, machine or system, such as a lever, handle or button.
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Restraint or ability to contain one's movements or emotions, or self-control.
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A security mechanism, policy, or procedure that can counter system attack, reduce risks, and resolve vulnerabilities; a safeguard or countermeasure.
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(project management) A means of monitoring for, and triggering intervention in, activities that are not going according to plan.
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A duplicate book, register, or account, kept to correct or check another account or register.

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(graphical user interface) An interface element that a computer user interacts with, such as a window or a text box.
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A restraining device, measure, or limit; a curb.

A control on prices; price controls.

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(obs.) To check or verify (payments, accounts, etc.) by comparison with a duplicate register.
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To verify (an experiment) by comparison with a standard or by other experiments.
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To exercise authority over; direct; command.
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A separate group or subject in an experiment against which the results are compared where the primary variable is low or non-existent.
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To reduce or prevent the spread of.
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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