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remote control

noun
1.
control of the operation or performance of an apparatus from a distance, as the control of a guided missile by radio signals.
2.
Also called remote. a device used to control the operation of an apparatus or machine, as a television set, from a distance.
Origin of remote control
1900-1905
First recorded in 1900-05
Related forms
remote-control, adjective
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  • The ship, operated by remote control, was filled with pure radioactives.

    The Leech Phillips Barbee
  • remote control would have been too slow, the argument went on.

    Watchbird Robert Sheckley
  • Maybe they weren't so good at telepathing by remote control.

  • And there'll be a bomb somewhere about that you can set off by remote control?

    The Invaders William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Gas-valves for remote control are actuated by gas pressure and by electromagnets.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
British Dictionary definitions for remote control

remote control

noun
1.
control of a system or activity by a person at a different place, usually by means of radio or ultrasonic signals or by electrical signals transmitted by wire
2.
Also: remote. a hand-held device that enables remote control of a system or appliance
Derived Forms
remote-controlled, adjective
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