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noun
  1. control of the operation or performance of an apparatus from a distance, as the control of a guided missile by radio signals.
  2. Also called remote. a device used to control the operation of an apparatus or machine, as a television set, from a distance.
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Origin of remote control

First recorded in 1900–05
Related formsre·mote-con·trol, adjective
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  • At first I thought he was just a remote-control tool, but I finally saw that he was a real, honest-to-goodness robot.

    Unwise Child

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • The stores of Hunter and Nereid rockets—especially the remote-control jobs—were broken out.

    The Invaders

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • They allege that the planetoid is a security risk, in that it could be used for remote-control bombing of any of their planets.

    Mr. President

    Stephen Arr

  • Facing them were three armchairs, a remote-control box beside one and another Kwann cushion behind and between the other two.

    Oomphel in the Sky

    Henry Beam Piper

  • A remote-control robot could never get close enough to the Nipe to do any good.

    Anything You Can Do ...

    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for remote control

remote control

noun
  1. control of a system or activity by a person at a different place, usually by means of radio or ultrasonic signals or by electrical signals transmitted by wire
  2. Also:: remote a hand-held device that enables remote control of a system or appliance
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Derived Formsremote-controlled, adjective
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