- an employee, often an officer, of a business firm who checks expenditures, finances, etc.; comptroller.
- a person who regulates, directs, or restrains.
- British Aeronautics. a dispatcher.
- a regulating mechanism; governor.
- Also called control unit, processor. Computers. the key component of a device, as a terminal, printer, or external storage unit, that contains the circuitry necessary to interpret and execute instructions fed into the device.
- a remote piece of hardware used to direct or control an electronic device: a video-game controller.
Origin of controller
Examples from the Web for controller
Your controller, however, vibrates heavily with each movement.I Felt Like Showering After the First-Person Sex in ‘Grand Theft Auto’
November 22, 2014
A controller is the least effective way to control the game.Gamer Life: I’m Addicted to ‘Peggle 2’
December 11, 2013
On the other hand, the Xbox One controller is nearly perfect.
It started from an already-excellent template (the Xbox 360 controller) and improved on it in almost every way.
Whenever the motors kick in, a high-pitched whirring sound emanates from the controller, which is a major distraction.Xbox One Review: Big Brother Is Watching You
November 22, 2013
He was the controller of a great journal: he was a leading politician.
And bear in mind that I refuse to allow you to be the controller of it.The Shellback's Progress
I can remember distinctly that my father was a Controller, Third Class.The Status Civilization
We speak of it as the master and controller of the body; but this is only partially true.A Handbook of Health
The mind should not act as a director or controller of the spontaneous centers.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
- a person who directs, regulates, or restrains
- Also called: comptroller a business executive or government officer who is responsible for financial planning, control, etc
- the equipment concerned with controlling the operation of an electrical device
Word Origin and History for controller
late 14c., from Anglo-French contrerolleour (late 13c.), Old French contrerelleor (Modern French contrôleur), from Medieval Latin contrarotulator, agent noun from *contra-rotulare (see control (v.)). Mechanical sense is from 1867.