Meaning of CONTROL in English

— controllable , adj. , n. — controllability, controllableness , n. — controllably , adv. — controlless , adj. — controllingly , adv.

/keuhn trohl"/ , v. , controlled, controlling , n.


1. to exercise restraint or direction over; dominate; command.

2. to hold in check; curb: to control a horse; to control one's emotions.

3. to test or verify (a scientific experiment) by a parallel experiment or other standard of comparison.

4. to eliminate or prevent the flourishing or spread of: to control a forest fire.

5. Obs. to check or regulate (transactions), originally by means of a duplicate register.


6. the act or power of controlling; regulation; domination or command: Who's in control here?

7. the situation of being under the regulation, domination, or command of another: The car is out of control.

8. check or restraint: Her anger is under control.

9. a legal or official means of regulation or restraint: to institute wage and price controls.

10. a standard of comparison in scientific experimentation.

11. a person who acts as a check; controller.

12. a device for regulating and guiding a machine, as a motor or airplane.

13. controls , a coordinated arrangement of such devices.

14. prevention of the flourishing or spread of something undesirable: rodent control.

15. Baseball. the ability of a pitcher to throw the ball into the strike zone consistently: The rookie pitcher has great power but no control.

16. Philately. any device printed on a postage or revenue stamp to authenticate it as a government issue or to identify it for bookkeeping purposes.

17. a spiritual agency believed to assist a medium at a séance.

18. the supervisor to whom an espionage agent reports when in the field.

[ 1425-75; late ME co ( u ) ntrollen (v.) contreroller to keep a duplicate account or roll, deriv. of contrerolle (n.). See COUNTER-, ROLL ]

Syn. 1. manage, govern, rule. 2. restrain, bridle, constrain. 6. management, government, reign, rule, mastery. See authority .

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .