Definitions of control

  1. To direct; govern; influence; regulate; manage.
  2. To restrain; govern; regulate.
  3. To check: to restrain: to govern:- pr. p. controlling; pa. p. controlled.
  4. To restrain; govern.
  5. 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"
  6. have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; " Do you control these data?"
  7. To check by a counter- register or double account; to restrain, govern, or direct.
  8. To check by a contra- account; to restrain; to govern; to subject to authority.
  9. Controlling.
  10. 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"
  11. the activity of managing or exerting control over something; " the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
  12. ( 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"
  13. a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine; " the speed control on his turntable was not working properly"; " I turned the controls over to her"
  14. discipline in personal and social activities; " he was a model of polite restraint"; " she never lost control of herself"
  15. power to direct or determine; " under control"
  16. the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.; " they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"
  17. a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance
  18. 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"
  19. verify by using a duplicate register for comparison; " control an account"
  20. A duplicate book, register, or account, kept to correct or check another account or register; a counter register.
  21. That which serves to check, restrain, or hinder; restraint.
  22. Power or authority to check or restrain; restraining or regulating influence; superintendence; government; as, children should be under parental control.
  23. To check by a counter register or duplicate account; to prove by counter statements; to confute.
  24. To exercise restraining or governing influence over; to check; to counteract; to restrain; to regulate; to govern; to overpower.
  25. The complete apparatus used to control a mechanism or machine in operation, as a flying machine in flight;
  26. the mechanism controlling the rudders and ailerons.
  27. Any of the physical factors determining the climate of any particular place, as latitude, distribution of land and water, altitude, exposure, prevailing winds, permanent high- or low- barometric- pressure areas, ocean currents, mountain barriers, soil, and vegetation.
  28. A check; restraint; superintendence; authority; the apparatus regulating the movement of an airplane.
  29. ( formerly COMPTROLL), Restraint: authority: command.
  30. Restraint; authority.
  31. The act of controlling; influence; regulation; government; command.
  32. Restraint; authority; command.
  33. Check; restraint; power; command; that which restrains, as Board of Control.
  34. Controlled.
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