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numerical control

noun Computers.

control of a machine tool, or other device used in a manufacturing process, by a computer, other control circuitry, or recorded digital commands.


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Nearby words

numeration, numerator, numerical, numerical analysis, numerical aperture, numerical control, numerical identity, numerical taxonomy, numerical weather prediction, numerically, numero uno

Origin of numerical control

First recorded in 1950–55
Related formsnumerically controlled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for numerical control

numerical control


engineering a form of computer control applied to machine tools, by which an operation is directed from numerical data stored on tape or punched on cards
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