control: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (kun-trōl'), [key]
— v., n. -trolled, -trol•ling,
- to exercise restraint or direction over; dominate; command.
- 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.
- 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.
- a coordinated arrangement of such devices.
- prevention of the flourishing or spread of something undesirable: rodent control.
- the ability of a pitcher to throw the ball into the strike zone consistently: The rookie pitcher has great power but no control.
- 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.
- control (Thesaurus)