- 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
Related Words for controllerdetective, monitor, investigator, auditor, controller, head, ruler, chief, commander, director, manager, officer, administrator, official, supervisor, producer, executive, boss, superintendent, organizer
Examples from the Web for controller
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of controller
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.