verb (used with object), con·trolled, con·trol·ling.
- control account,
- control board,
- control center,
- control character,
- control chart
Origin of control
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.