verb (used with object), con·trolled, con·trol·ling.
Origin of control
Synonyms for control
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Contemporary Examples of controlling
Controlling the corridor was essential to supporting deep operations elsewhere in eastern Afghanistan.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
So who and what exactly are we protecting and controlling by the gun regulations we have and those being discussed?What Are We Protecting with Gun Laws?
November 13, 2014
In the late 1980s, Hawking began to grow close to his redheaded, controlling nurse, Elaine Mason.The Other Side of Stephen Hawking: Strippers, Aliens, and Disturbing Abuse Claims
November 6, 2014
Mary Williams filed an appeal to the IRS in tax court last year, blaming her “controlling, abusive” husband for the problem.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
The world needs more people like her to treat Ebola in West Africa, where controlling the outbreak is of critical concern.Quarantine Turns Ebola Heroes Into Pariahs
October 28, 2014
Historical Examples of controlling
He stood like a magician, controlling the phantoms which he had evoked.The Prophetic Pictures (From "Twice Told Tales")
Beyond the controlling power of money we have no vision, and we see no laws.The Conquest of Fear
As if he were not capable of controlling a raft or a bonfire!The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
The disposition to walk swiftly, which before had been a controlling thing, was gone.In the Valley
"No, sir," said the driver, controlling the corners of his mouth.Alarms and Discursions
G. K. Chesterton
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
"overbearing," 1570s, present participle adjective from control (v.).
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.