Definitions for (noun) control

Main entry: control

Definition: the activity of managing or exerting control over something

Usage: the control of the mob by the police was admirable


Main entry: control

Definition: (physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc

Usage: the timing and control of his movements were unimpaired; he had lost control of his sphincters


Main entry: control, controller

Definition: a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine

Usage: the speed controller on his turntable was not working properly; I turned the controls over to her


Main entry: control, restraint

Definition: discipline in personal and social activities

Usage: he was a model of polite restraint; she never lost control of herself


Main entry: control

Definition: power to direct or determine

Usage: under control


Main entry: command, mastery, control

Definition: great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity

Usage: a good command of French


Main entry: control, control condition

Definition: a standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment

Usage: the control condition was inappropriate for the conclusions he wished to draw


Main entry: control

Definition: the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.

Usage: they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls


Main entry: control

Definition: a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance


Main entry: control

Definition: a relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or group) by another

Usage: measures for the control of disease; they instituted controls over drinking on campus


Main entry: dominance, control, ascendance, ascendancy, ascendence, ascendency

Definition: the state that exists when one person or group has power over another

Usage: her apparent dominance of her husband was really her attempt to make him pay attention to her

Definitions for (verb) control

Main entry: master, control

Definition: have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of

Usage: Do you control these data?


Main entry: control, assure, ascertain, insure, check, ensure, see, see to it

Definition: be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

Usage: He verified that the valves were closed; See that the curtains are closed; control the quality of the product


Main entry: control

Definition: verify by using a duplicate register for comparison

Usage: control an account


Main entry: operate, control

Definition: handle and cause to function

Usage: do not operate machinery after imbibing alcohol; control the lever


Main entry: manipulate, keep in line, control

Definition: control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one's advantage

Usage: She manipulates her boss; She is a very controlling mother and doesn't let her children grow up; The teacher knew how to keep the class in line; she keeps in line


Main entry: command, control

Definition: exercise authoritative control or power over

Usage: control the budget; Command the military forces


Main entry: contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, check, moderate

Definition: lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

Usage: moderate your alcohol intake; hold your tongue; hold your temper; control your anger


Main entry: control, verify

Definition: check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard

Usage: Are you controlling for the temperature?