verb (used with object), con·trolled, con·trol·ling.
Origin of control
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Contemporary Examples of controllable
Weather is one of least controllable, and predictable, elements in our lives.E.L. Rothschild and Weather Central Launch MyWeather
May 16, 2011
Historical Examples of controllable
As a controllable balancing-pole, there is probably nothing to equal it."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
It's not controllable enough and uranium isn't something we could carry by the ton.Islands of Space
John W Campbell
We then grasp, with clearness, larger unities of controllable experience.The Sources Of Religious Insight
A glance shows it to be the flags on the Sims-Edison controllable torpedo.
Outlet openings should be formed around the base of the room leading to the outer air and closed by controllable shutters.
verb -trols, -trolling or -trolled (tr)
- to regulate (financial affairs)
- to examine and verify (financial accounts)
- 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
Word Origin for control
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.
see out of control; spin control.