power to direct or determine
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"
(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"
control condition, control(noun)
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"
the activity of managing or exerting control over something
"the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
dominance, ascendance, ascendence, ascendancy, ascendency, control(noun)
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"
discipline in personal and social activities
"he was a model of polite restraint"; "she never lost control of herself"
command, control, mastery(noun)
great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
"a good command of French"
a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine
"the speed controller on his turntable was not working properly"; "I turned the controls over to her"
a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance
the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.
"they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"
exercise authoritative control or power over
"control the budget"; "Command the military forces"
control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate(verb)
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"
handle and cause to function
"do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever"
manipulate, keep in line, control(verb)
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"
check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
"Are you controlling for the temperature?"
verify by using a duplicate register for comparison
"control an account"
see, check, insure, see to it, ensure, control, ascertain, assure(verb)
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"
have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of
"Do you control these data?"
(Technology) in research, an object or subject used in an experimental procedure, which is treated identically to the primary subject of the experiment, except for the omission of the specific treatment or conditions whose effect is being investigated. If the control is a group of living organisms, as is common in medical research, it is called the control group. For most experimental procedures, the results are not considered valid and reliable unless a proper control experiment is performed. There are various types of control used in experimental science, and often several groups of subjects serve as controls, being subjected to different variations of the experimental procedure, or controlling for several variables being tested. When the effects caused by an experimental treatment are not consistent and obvious, statistical analysis of the results is typically used to determine if there are any significant differences between the effects of different experimental conditions.
(Technology) the part of an experimental procedure in which the controls are subjected to the experimental conditions.
the group of technical specialists exercising control by remote communications over a distant operation, such as a space flight; as, the American Mission Control for manned flights is located in Houston.
to assure the validity of an experimental procedure by using a control.
Origin: [F. contrler, fr. contrle.]
Influence or authority over.
The government has complete control over the situation.
A separate group or subject in an experiment against which the results are compared where the primary variable is low or nonexistence.
The method and means of governing the performance of any apparatus, machine or system, such as a lever, handle or button.
A security mechanism, policy, or procedure that can counter system attack, reduce risks, and resolve vulnerabilities, synonymous with safeguard and counter-measure.
restraint or ability to contain one's emotions, or self-control.
An interface element that a computer user interacts with, such as a window or a text box.
To exercise influence over, to suggest or dictate the behavior of, oversit.
With a simple remote, he could control the toy truck.
Origin: From conterrolle, from contrerole, from contrarotulum, from + rotulus, rotula, diminutive of rota.
a duplicate book, register, or account, kept to correct or check another account or register; a counter register
that which serves to check, restrain, or hinder; restraint
power or authority to check or restrain; restraining or regulating influence; superintendence; government; as, children should be under parental control
to check by a counter register or duplicate account; to prove by counter statements; to confute
to exercise restraining or governing influence over; to check; to counteract; to restrain; to regulate; to govern; to overpower
Origin: [F. contrler, fr. contrle.]
In linguistics, control is a construction where the understood subject of a given predicate is determined by some expression in context. Stereotypical instances of control involve verbs. A superordinate verb "controls" a subordinate, non-finite verb. Control was intensively studied in the Government and Binding framework in the 1980s, and much of the terminology from that era is still used today. In the days of Transformational Grammar, control phenomena were discussed in terms of Equi-NP deletion. Control is often analyzed in terms of a null pronoun called PRO. Control is also related to raising, although there are important differences between control and raising. Most if not all languages have control constructions and these constructions tend to occur frequently.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kon-trōl′, n. restraint: authority: command.—v.t. to check: to restrain: to govern:—pr.p. contrōl′ling; pa.p. contrōlled′.—Formerly Comptroll′, Countrol′, Controul′.—adj. Control′lable, capable of, or subject to, control.—ns. Control′ler, Comptrol′ler, one who checks the accounts of others by a counter-roll; Control′lership; Control′ment, act or power of controlling: state of being controlled: control. [Fr. contrôle, from contre-rôle, a duplicate register—L. contra, against, rotulus, a roll.]
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
1. Authority that may be less than full command exercised by a commander over part of the activities of subordinate or other organizations. 2. In mapping, charting, and photogrammetry, a collective term for a system of marks or objects on the Earth or on a map or a photograph, whose positions or elevations (or both) have been or will be determined. 3. Physical or psychological pressures exerted with the intent to assure that an agent or group will respond as directed. 4. An indicator governing the distribution and use of documents, information, or material. Such indicators are the subject of intelligence community agreement and are specifically defined in appropriate regulations. See also administrative control; operational control; tactical control.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'control' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #350
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'control' in Written Corpus Frequency: #940
Rank popularity for the word 'control' in Nouns Frequency: #102
Rank popularity for the word 'control' in Verbs Frequency: #195
The numerical value of control in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of control in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Satire and creative thinking are dangerous for dictatorships and the ability to control society. It's losing control and it's very afraid of that.
The ability to know I can get control... is a certain level of Zen-like freedom, because I know I can get control, then I don't need to be in control all the time.
Life & Death are beyond our control. We can’t control where, how, or when we are born & we can’t control where, how, or when we may die. Then why Worry about it.
In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.
The political risks are great. The hardliners still control parliament. They control the security and intelligence forces. They control the apparatus which has been instrumental in keeping these individuals under house arrest.
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Translations for control
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- сдържаност, контролна група, власт, контролирам, управление, управлявам, самообладаниеBulgarian
- controlar, controlCatalan, Valencian
- řídit, nadvláda, ovládat, správa, kontrolaCzech
- styre, kontrollereDanish
- Kontrollgruppe, Kontrollelement, kontrollieren, Kontrolle, Steuerelement, steuernGerman
- έλεγχος, ελέγχωGreek
- contramedida, control, dirección, autodominio, patrón de comparación, controlar, manejo, organización, mando, administraciónSpanish
- kontrollgrupp, võim, kontrollEstonian
- itsehillintä, kontrolloida, hallita, ohjaus, hallinta, varmistaa, ohjata, vertailuryhmä, valvoaFinnish
- contrôle, contrôlerFrench
- srianadh, urlámhasIrish
- srian, ceannsaichScottish Gaelic
- kontwoleHaitian Creole
- korlátoz, kontrollál, szabályozHungarian
- kendali, mengendalikan, mengontrolIndonesian
- comandi, influenzare, autorità, dirigere, controllare, comando, controlloItalian
- 制御, コントロール, 支配, 操るJapanese
- 조절하다, 통제, 조절, 통제하다, 제어Korean
- imperium, impero, imperator, teneo, controlLatin
- kawalan, mengawal, menguasaiMalay
- beheersing, controleren, besturen, controle, beheersen, invloedDutch
- zarządzać, kontrolka, sterować, samokontrola, kontrola, kontrolować, grupa kontrolna, nadzorowaćPolish
- controlo, controlar, controlePortuguese
- control, grup de control, comandă, element de control, grup de comparație, element de comandă, autoritate, mecanism de siguranțăRomanian
- контролировать, контрольная группа, власть, контроль, управлятьRussian
- kontroll, kontrollera, kontrollgruppSwedish
- kontrol etmek, kumanda etmek, kontrolTurkish
- qaboo krnaUrdu
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