- to exercise restraint or direction over; dominate; command: The car is difficult to control at high speeds. That zone is controlled by enemy troops.
- to hold in check; curb: to control a horse; to control one's emotions.
- to test or verify (a scientific experiment) by a parallel experiment or other standard of comparison.
- to eliminate or prevent the flourishing or spread of: to control a forest fire.
- Obsolete. to check or regulate (transactions), originally by means of a duplicate register.
- the act or power of controlling; regulation; domination or command: Who's in control here?
- the situation of being under the regulation, domination, or command of another: The car is out of control.
- check or restraint: Her anger is under control.
- a legal or official means of regulation or restraint: to institute wage and price controls.
- Statistics. control variable(def 1).
- a person who acts as a check; controller.
- a device for regulating and guiding a machine, as a motor or airplane.
- controls, a coordinated arrangement of such devices.
- prevention of the flourishing or spread of something undesirable: rodent control.
- Baseball. the ability of a pitcher to throw the ball into the strike zone consistently: The rookie pitcher has great power but no control.
- Philately. any device printed on a postage or revenue stamp to authenticate it as a government issue or to identify it for bookkeeping purposes.
- a spiritual agency believed to assist a medium at a séance.
- the supervisor to whom an espionage agent reports when in the field.
- control for, Statistics. to account for (variables in an analysis) by limiting the data under consideration to a comparison of like things: to control for demographic factors.
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Examples from the Web for uncontrolled
It also tolerated an uncontrolled traffic of men and weapons across the long border.Why Turkey Is Sitting Out the ISIS War
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So, the trend of uncontrolled, dangerous alcohol consumption is likely to continue.Iran’s Drinking Problem
August 16, 2014
The IMF and World Bank had periodically shared their fears with New Delhi about the uncontrolled rise in population levels.Hold Onto Your Penis
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Calling Jim Manzi, author of the new book about the need for public-policy testing, Uncontrolled!What’s Right and Wrong in the Ryan Plan
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Uncontrolled offers useful advice for navigating a hard-to-know world.David's Book Club: Uncontrolled
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They were canceled and from that time on the market was uncontrolled.Herbert Hoover
He remembered the vastness and the rawness of the uncontrolled atmosphere.Second Sight
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But with a wide, uncontrolled gesture he held up the ring for her to see.
It was such a tone, loose, harsh and uncontrolled, as made Flora shrink.The Coast of Chance
Do you wonder I didn't give way to any wild, uncontrolled joy?Torchy As A Pa
- not controlled or regulated; uncurbed
- to command, direct, or ruleto control a country
- to check, limit, curb, or regulate; restrainto control one's emotions; to control a fire
- to regulate or operate (a machine)
- to verify (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment in which the variable being investigated is held constant or is compared with a standard
- to regulate (financial affairs)
- to examine and verify (financial accounts)
- to restrict or regulate the authorized supply of (certain substances, such as drugs)
- power to direct or determineunder control; out of control
- a means of regulation or restraint; curb; checka frontier control
- (often plural) a device or mechanism for operating a car, aircraft, etc
- a standard of comparison used in a statistical analysis or scientific experiment
- a device that regulates the operation of a machine. A dynamic control is one that incorporates a governor so that it responds to the output of the machine it regulates
- (as modifier)control panel; control room
- spiritualism an agency believed to assist the medium in a séance
- Also called: control mark a letter, or letter and number, printed on a sheet of postage stamps, indicating authenticity, date, and series of issue
- one of a number of checkpoints on a car rally, orienteering course, etc, where competitors check in and their time, performance, etc, is recorded
Word Origin and History for uncontrolled
early 14c., "to check, verify, regulate," from Anglo-French contreroller "exert authority," from Medieval Latin contrarotulus "a counter, register," from Latin contra- "against" (see contra) + rotulus, diminutive of rota "wheel" (see roll (n.)). From a medieval method of checking accounts by a duplicate register. Sense of "dominate, direct" is mid-15c. Related: Controlled; controlling.
Control group in scientific experiments is attested from 1952 (from a sense of control attested since 1875).
1580s, from control (v.). Control freak is late 1960s slang.
- To verify or regulate a scientific experiment by conducting a parallel experiment or by comparing with another standard.
- To hold in restraint; check.
- A standard of comparison for checking or verifying the results of an experiment.
- An individual or group used as a standard of comparison in a control experiment.
- A standard of comparison for checking or verifying the results of an experiment. In an experiment to test the effectiveness of a new drug, for example, one group of subjects (the control group) receives an inactive substance or placebo , while a comparison group receives the drug being tested.