- a lever by which a pilot controls the ailerons and elevator of an aircraft.
Origin of control stick
First recorded in 1930–35
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Examples from the Web for control stick
Once he had a sudden inspiration to pull back his control-stick.'Green Balls'
Darl tugged desperately at the control-stick, thrust the throttle over full measure.The Great Dome on Mercury
Arthur Leo Zagat
He flung a last salvo from his hot machine-guns, then, heart numbing, jerked back the control-stick and careened high.
- the lever by which a pilot controls the lateral and longitudinal movements of an aircraftAlso called: control column, joy stick