• Mrs. Binks who has lost control of her machine
    Mrs. Binks who has lost control of her machine
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v control have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of "Do you control these data?"
    • v control 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"
    • v control verify by using a duplicate register for comparison "control an account"
    • v control handle and cause to function "do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol","control the lever"
    • v control 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"
    • v control exercise authoritative control or power over "control the budget","Command the military forces"
    • v control 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"
    • v control check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard "Are you controlling for the temperature?"
    • n control the activity of managing or exerting control over something "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
    • n control (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"
    • n control 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"
    • n control discipline in personal and social activities "he was a model of polite restraint","she never lost control of herself"
    • n control power to direct or determine "under control"
    • n control great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity "a good command of French"
    • n control 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"
    • n control the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc. "they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls"
    • n control a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance
    • n control 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"
    • n control 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Detroit policeman William L. Potts is credited with inventing the modern street traffic light in 1920. He worked out an electric light system that allowed him to control three street intersections from one tower He picked the red, yellow and green because railroads used them.
    • Control A duplicate book, register, or account, kept to correct or check another account or register; a counter register.
    • Control (Climatology) 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.
    • Control (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.
    • Control Power or authority to check or restrain; restraining or regulating influence; superintendence; government; as, children should be under parental control . "The House of Commons should exercise a control over all the departments of the executive administration."
    • Control That which serves to check, restrain, or hinder; restraint. "Speak without control ."
    • Control (Mach) The complete apparatus used to control a mechanism or machine in operation, as a flying machine in flight;
    • Control 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.
    • Control (Technology) the part of an experimental procedure in which the controls{6 are subjected to the experimental conditions.
    • Control to assure the validity of an experimental procedure by using a control{7.
    • Control To check by a counter register or duplicate account; to prove by counter statements; to confute. "This report was controlled to be false."
    • Control To exercise restraining or governing influence over; to check; to counteract; to restrain; to regulate; to govern; to overpower. "Give me a staff of honor for mine age,
      But not a scepter to control the world."
      "I feel my virtue struggling in my soul:
      But stronger passion does its power control ."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Death Star death ray control panel from the original is actually the control panel of Grass Valley Group GVG 300 Video (television) production switcher
    • n control A book-register or account kept to correct or check another account or register; a counter-register.
    • n control Check; restraint: as, to speak or act without control; to keep the passions under control.
    • n control The act or power of keeping under check or in order; power of direction or guidance; authority; regulation; government; command.
    • n control Synonyms Influence, Ascendancy, etc. (see authority), direction, charge, regulation.
    • control To check or ascertain the accuracy of, as by a counter-register or double account, or by experiment.
    • control To prove by counter-statements; confute; convict.
    • control To exercise control over; hold in restraint or check; subject to authority; direct; regulate; govern; dominate.
    • control To have superior force or authority over; overpower.
    • control Synonyms 3. Rule, Regulate, etc. (see govern), curb, restrain, direct.
    • n control Whatever serves to control or check; particularly, a standard of comparison by which, as in scientific investigation or experiment, inferences or results already obtained are checked.
    • n control A person or persons who control a business, or act as a check on others concerned.
    • n control In spiritualism, the supposed spirit who is alleged to control or direct the action and utterances of a medium.
    • n control In racing with motor-cars or motor-cycles, the authorized persons along the route who observe and record the times of arrival and departure of the cars, maintain the time and rate schedule if there is any, and enforce the regulations of the contest.
    • control Of the nature of or used as a control.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ninety percent of U.S. households have at lease one remote control for the television; 8 out of 10 report losing it.
    • n Control kon-trōl′ restraint: authority: command
    • v.t Control to check: to restrain: to govern:—pr.p. contrōl′ling; pa.p. contrōlled′.—Formerly Comptroll′, Countrol′, Controul′
    • ***


  • John W. Draper
    John W. Draper
    “Of the events of life we may have some control. but over the law of its progress none.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Change tends to be viewed as a threat to our control.”
  • A. J. Kitt
    A. J. Kitt
    “You have no control over what the other guy does. You only have control over what you do.”
  • Mario Andretti
    Mario Andretti
    “If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.”
  • Wayne Dyer
    “You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “What man's mind can create, man's character can control.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. contrôle, a counter register, contr. fr. contr-rôle,; contre,L. contra,) + rôle, roll, catalogue. See Counter and Roll, and cf. Counterroll


In literature:

Carpenter pulled the control lever and reduced our power.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
It controls the donkey engine electrically, so that we guide our own destinies though we are a mile beneath our power plant.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
Wherever its influence reached, its members controlled roads, mines, agriculture and manufactures.
"The Railroad Question" by William Larrabee
In other words, while we make no claim to controlling our sex habits, we do control results.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Next ship-day the girl looked oddly at Calhoun when she appeared in the control-room.
"Pariah Planet" by Murray Leinster
The mills and bakeries were all under the close control of the Commission and the Belgian National Committee.
"Herbert Hoover" by Vernon Kellogg
The cold had became intense and he could not control the actions of his muscles and his rifle wavered about.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
They are, therefore, stratified in a callusing bed where moisture and temperature can be controlled.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
He could not control them.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
He had seated himself at the controls, and scanned the instruments closely.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various

In poetry:

Wouldst be free from the dominions
That control;
Spreading all thy golden pinions
Toward the goal?
"My Heart" by Effie Afton
Arise! no more a living lie,
And with me quicken and control
Some memory that shall magnify
The universal Soul.
"Some Starlit Garden Grey With Dew" by William Ernest Henley
Thus, did a Roman Father slay,
The idol of his soul,
To screen her from a tyrant's lust,
A tyrant's foul control.
"Liberty Or Death" by James Madison Bell
Know well, my soul, God's hand controls
Whate'er thou fearest;
Round Him in calmest music rolls
Whate'er thou Nearest.
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Will ye succumb beneath a power,
That grasps at full control,
And binds its helpless victims down
In servitude of soul?
"Beechenbrook - VII" by Margaret Junkin Preston
In the seer's hollow eye,
In the maiden's faithful soul,
In youth who did not fear to die,
Men saw that strange control.
"The Mysteries Of Eleusis" by Annie Adams Fields

In news:

Kelly's management creed is to control everything he can control.
Curtains are typically used to control visual phenomena such as light and view, but a new research effort has generated a curtain whose sole purpose is to control sound.
Network systems automate many of today's factories and plants, controlling tasks such as data gathering, process control and production automation.
ETC's new Unison Paradigm architectural lighting control system aims to make theatre house and foyer lighting control greener.
In 1996, Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) introduced its Unison ® Architectural Control System, improving on previous generations of simpler architectural controls and creating an actual lighting network.
Johnson Controls, Unitary Products: Communicating Control.
Supreme power, b: freedom from external control, and c: controlling influence.
The Democrat-controlled Senate and the Republican-controlled House are so entrenched in their partisan views that compromise is seen as evil.
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 Mackie has just launched an update to the Master Fader control app for the popular DL1608 16-Channel Digital Live Sound Mixer with iPad Control.
In this paper, a model predictive controller is configured to simultaneously manipulate a small valve and a large valve, eliminating the problems inherent in split-ranged and valve-position controllers.
Controlling Its Processes, Controlling Its Destiny.
Viscosity control Brookfield Engineering Middleboro MA USA Brookfield Engineering offers simple inline viscosity control for industrial applications.
The RN-WPCS Wall Plate control system from FSR Inc is capable of directly controlling one serial and two IR devices.
Baldor Electric Company's range of washdown and paint free motors and controls, all stainless motors and speed reducers, linear motors and controls, and servo motors and controls designed for energy efficiency.
I removed the top panel to expose the control panel and dishwasher controller.

In science:

Also, for most of the calculations presented in the results section, we use the value fb = 0.05 for the control parameter (we call the fraction of the erupted field as the control parameter following Paper I, because, this parameter controls the strength of magnetic buoyancy).
Characteristics Of A Magnetic Buoyancy Driven Solar Dynamo Model
The model of Ref. is slightly different from ours, involving three parameters that can not be reduced to a single control parameter, making it difficult to extract an exact value of the exponent τout in terms of our control parameter β (or α).
Adaptive Random Walks on the Class of Web Graph
We can choose a control mode for the boundary components of the electromagnetic potential ˆAα (i.e. we control the magnetic flux through Bt) and for the electrostatic potential ¯Φ, which is equivalent to state that the laboratory is electrically isolated from outside.
The First Law of Isolated Horizons via Noether Theorem
Other topics were the controlled h-cobordism theorem, illustrating some of the geometric and algebraic techniques; and homology manifolds, illustrating the still-incomplete theory of controlled surgery.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods
Controlled geometric problems have obstructions in controlled-algebra analogs, essentially homology with coefficients in spectra related to the uncontrolled obstructions.
Lectures on controlled topology: mapping cylinder neighborhoods