verb (used with object), con·trolled, con·trol·ling.
- control account,
- control board,
- control center,
- control character,
- control chart
Origin of control
Examples from the Web for 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|DAILY BEAST
So who and what exactly are we protecting and controlling by the gun regulations we have and those being discussed?
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|Marlow Stern|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mary Williams filed an appeal to the IRS in tax court last year, blaming her “controlling, abusive” husband for the problem.
The world needs more people like her to treat Ebola in West Africa, where controlling the outbreak is of critical concern.
"Then I'll go on," and he glanced at Julie, who sat still, controlling her expression of face but with tumult in her heart.The Come Back|Carolyn Wells
She waited a moment, her lips parted vacantly, as was her fashion when controlling emotion; waited till the maid had gone.Regiment of Women|Clemence Dane
Let Toweno speak, said Mahga, controlling his fierce impatience, his words will find a path to open ears.The Prairie-Bird|Charles Augustus Murray
Another novel feature was in the method of controlling the depth of submergence when navigating between the surface and waterbed.Aircraft and Submarines|Willis J. Abbot.
All unknowing, he became thereby the controlling influence in many lives.The Bartlett Mystery|Louis Tracy
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.