control

[ kuhn-trohl ]
/ kənˈtroʊl /

verb (used with object), con·trolled, con·trol·ling.

noun

Verb Phrases

control for, Statistics. to account for (variables in an analysis) by limiting the data under consideration to a comparison of like things: to control for demographic factors.

Nearby words

  1. contritely,
  2. contrition,
  3. contrivance,
  4. contrive,
  5. contrived,
  6. control account,
  7. control board,
  8. control center,
  9. control character,
  10. control chart

Origin of control

1425–75; late Middle English co(u)ntrollen (v.) < Anglo-French contreroller to keep a duplicate account or roll, derivative of contrerolle (noun). See counter-, roll

Related forms

Synonym study

6. See authority.

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British Dictionary definitions for controlling

control

/ (kənˈtrəʊl) /

verb -trols, -trolling or -trolled (tr)

noun

Derived Formscontrollable, adjectivecontrollability or controllableness, nouncontrollably, adverb

Word Origin for control

C15: from Old French conteroller to regulate, from contrerolle duplicate register, system of checking, from contre- counter- + rolle roll

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Word Origin and History for controlling
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Medicine definitions for controlling

control

[ kən-trōl ]

v.

To verify or regulate a scientific experiment by conducting a parallel experiment or by comparing with another standard.
To hold in restraint; check.

n.

A standard of comparison for checking or verifying the results of an experiment.
An individual or group used as a standard of comparison in a control experiment.

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Science definitions for controlling

control

[ kən-trōl ]

A standard of comparison for checking or verifying the results of an experiment. In an experiment to test the effectiveness of a new drug, for example, one group of subjects (the control group) receives an inactive substance or placebo , while a comparison group receives the drug being tested.
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Idioms and Phrases with controlling

control

see out of control; spin control.

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