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5 definitions found
 for control
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Control \Con*trol"\, n. [F. contr[^o]le a counter register,
     contr. fr. contr-r[^o]le; contre (L. contra) + r[^o]le roll,
     catalogue. See Counter and Roll, and cf. Counterroll.]
     1. A duplicate book, register, or account, kept to correct or
        check another account or register; a counter register.
        [Obs.] --Johnson.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. That which serves to check, restrain, or hinder;
        restraint. "Speak without control." --Dryden.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. Power or authority to check or restrain; restraining or
        regulating influence; superintendence; government; as,
        children should be under parental control.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              The House of Commons should exercise a control over
              all the departments of the executive administration.
                                                    --Macaulay.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. (Mach.) The complete apparatus used to control a mechanism
        or machine in operation, as a flying machine in flight;
        specifically (A["e]ronautics), the mechanism controlling
        the rudders and ailerons.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     5. (Climatology) Any of the physical factors determining the
        climate of any particular place, as latitude,distribution
        of land and water, altitude, exposure, prevailing winds,
        permanent high- or low-barometric-pressure areas, ocean
        currents, mountain barriers, soil, and vegetation.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     6. (Technology) in research, an object or subject used in an
        experimental procedure, which is treated identically to
        the primary subject of the experiment, except for the
        omission of the specific treatment or conditions whose
        effect is being investigated. If the control is a group of
        living organisms, as is common in medical research, it is
        called the
  
     control group.
  
     Note: For most experimental procedures, the results are not
           considered valid and reliable unless a proper control
           experiment is performed. There are various types of
           control used in experimental science, and often several
           groups of subjects serve as controls, being subjected
           to different variations of the experimental procedure,
           or controlling for several variables being tested. When
           the effects caused by an experimental treatment are not
           consistent and obvious, statistical analysis of the
           results is typically used to determine if there are any
           significant differences between the effects of
           different experimental conditions.
           [PJC]
  
     7. (Technology) the part of an experimental procedure in
        which the controls[6] are subjected to the experimental
        conditions.
        [PJC]
  
     8. the group of technical specialists exercising control by
        remote communications over a distant operation, such as a
        space flight; as, the American Mission Control for manned
        flights is located in Houston.
        [PJC]
  
     Board of control. See under Board.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Control \Con*trol"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Controlled; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Controlling.] [F. contr[^o]ler, fr. contr[^o]le.]
     [Formerly written comptrol and controul.]
     1. To check by a counter register or duplicate account; to
        prove by counter statements; to confute. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
              This report was controlled to be false. --Fuller.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To exercise restraining or governing influence over; to
        check; to counteract; to restrain; to regulate; to govern;
        to overpower.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Give me a staff of honor for mine age,
              But not a scepter to control the world. --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              I feel my virtue struggling in my soul:
              But stronger passion does its power control.
                                                    --Dryden.
  
     3. to assure the validity of an experimental procedure by
        using a control[7].
        [PJC]
  
     Syn: To restrain; rule; govern; manage; guide; regulate;
          hinder; direct; check; curb; counteract; subdue.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  control
      n 1: power to direct or determine; "under control"
      2: a relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or
         group) by another; "measures for the control of disease";
         "they instituted controls over drinking on campus"
      3: (physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or
         action or reflex etc; "the timing and control of his
         movements were unimpaired"; "he had lost control of his
         sphincters"
      4: a standard against which other conditions can be compared in
         a scientific experiment; "the control condition was
         inappropriate for the conclusions he wished to draw" [syn:
         control condition, control]
      5: the activity of managing or exerting control over something;
         "the control of the mob by the police was admirable"
      6: the state that exists when one person or group has power over
         another; "her apparent dominance of her husband was really
         her attempt to make him pay attention to her" [syn:
         dominance, ascendance, ascendence, ascendancy,
         ascendency, control]
      7: discipline in personal and social activities; "he was a model
         of polite restraint"; "she never lost control of herself"
         [syn: restraint, control] [ant: unrestraint]
      8: great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity;
         "a good command of French" [syn: command, control,
         mastery]
      9: a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine; "the
         speed controller on his turntable was not working properly";
         "I turned the controls over to her" [syn: control,
         controller]
      10: a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium
          during a seance
      11: the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing
          prices or wages etc.; "they wanted to repeal all the
          legislation that imposed economic controls"
      v 1: exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the
           budget"; "Command the military forces" [syn: control,
           command]
      2: lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or
         keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold
         your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger" [syn:
         control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb,
         moderate]
      3: handle and cause to function; "do not operate machinery after
         imbibing alcohol"; "control the lever" [syn: operate,
         control]
      4: control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually
         to one's advantage; "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" [syn: manipulate, keep in line, control]
      5: check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a
         parallel experiment or comparing with another standard; "Are
         you controlling for the temperature?" [syn: control,
         verify]
      6: verify by using a duplicate register for comparison; "control
         an account"
      7: be careful or certain to do something; make certain of
         something; "He verified that the valves were closed"; "See
         that the curtains are closed"; "control the quality of the
         product" [syn: see, check, insure, see to it,
         ensure, control, ascertain, assure]
      8: have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; "Do
         you control these data?" [syn: master, control]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  551 Moby Thesaurus words for "control":
     Masan, R and D, abate, ability, abnegation, absolutism, abstinence,
     acme, action, address, adeptness, administration, adroitness,
     airmanship, allay, alleviate, ancestral spirits, angel, aplomb,
     apparition, appearance, arrest, arrestation, artfulness,
     artisanship, artistry, ascendancy, assuage, astral, astral spirit,
     attemper, attendant godling, authority, authorization,
     automatic control, bank the fire, banshee, barnstorm,
     be responsible for, be-all and end-all, blue ribbon, blunt,
     bond service, bondage, bravura, bridle, brilliance, button,
     call the shots, call the signals, calm, calmness, capability,
     capacity, captain, captivity, carry authority, carry on,
     cascade control, championship, charge, charisma, charm, chasten,
     check, claws, cleverness, clout, clutches, collect, command,
     competence, composure, conduct, consequence, conservatism,
     constrain, constraint, contain, continence, control action,
     control experiment, controlled experiment, cool, cool off, cooling,
     cooling down, cooling off, coordination, copilot, crack the whip,
     craft, craftsmanship, credit, cunning, curb, curtail, curtailment,
     cut and try, daemon, damp, dampen, de-emphasize, deaden,
     debt slavery, decelerate, deceleration, decide, deftness, demon,
     departed spirit, deprivation of freedom, determine, device,
     dexterity, dexterousness, dextrousness, dial, diminish, diplomacy,
     direct, direction, directorship, discipline, disembodied spirit,
     disenfranchisement, disfranchisement, dispassion, dispose,
     disposition, dominance, dominate, domination, dominion, dompt,
     downplay, drive, dull, duppy, dybbuk, effect, effectiveness,
     efficiency, eidolon, electronic control, eminence, empery, empire,
     empiricism, enchantment, engineer, enjoin, enslavement,
     enthrallment, esteem, evenness, experiment, experimental design,
     experimental method, experimental proof, experimentalism,
     experimentation, expertise, extenuate, facility, fairy godmother,
     familiar, familiar spirit, favor, feedback control, feudalism,
     feudality, finesse, first place, first prize, fly, force, form,
     genius, genius domus, genius loci, gentleness, ghost, golden mean,
     good angel, good feeling, good genius, govern, governance,
     government, grace, grasp, grateful dead, grip, gripe, guard,
     guardian, guardian angel, guardian spirit, guidance, guide, hand,
     handiness, handle, handling, hands, hant, happy medium, haunt,
     have clout, have control of, have in hand, have power,
     have the power, have the right, have the say, have under control,
     head, head up, headship, hegemony, height, helm, helotism, helotry,
     highest, hinder, hindrance, hit and miss, hold, hold at bay,
     hold back, hold fast, hold in, hold in check, hold in hand,
     hold in leash, hold the helm, hold the reins, hold up,
     horsemanship, household gods, husbandry, idolum, immateriality,
     impartiality, imperium, importance, incidental power, incorporeal,
     incorporeal being, incorporeity, indentureship, independence,
     influence, influentiality, ingeniousness, ingenuity, inhibit,
     inhibition, injunction, insinuation, interdict, invisible helper,
     iron hand, judiciousness, jurisdiction, juste-milieu, keep,
     keep back, keep from, keep in, keep in check, keep under control,
     keep within bounds, kingship, knob, know-how, lares and penates,
     lares compitales, lares familiaris, lares permarini,
     lares praestites, lares viales, larva, lay, lay under restraint,
     lead, lead on, leadership, leading, legal restraint, lemures,
     lenify, lenity, lessen, lever, leverage, lighten, lordship,
     magnetism, make the rules, manage, management, managery, managing,
     manes, maneuver, manipulate, manipulation, marksmanship, master,
     mastermind, mastership, mastery, materialization, maximum,
     mechanism, meden agan, middle way, might, mildness,
     ministering angel, mitigate, moderate, moderateness, moderation,
     moderationism, modulate, moment, monopoly, most, ne plus ultra,
     neutrality, new high, noble experiment, nonviolence,
     nothing in excess, numen, obtund, officer, oni, order, ordering,
     oversee, oversight, pacifism, palliate, palms, paramountcy,
     peel off, penates, peonage, personality, persuasion, phantom,
     pilot, pilotage, play down, poltergeist, possess authority,
     possession, potency, power, practical ability, pragmatism,
     predominance, preponderance, prescribe, presence, presidency,
     pressure, prestige, primacy, proficiency, prohibit, prohibition,
     protection, protectionism, protective tariff, prowess, prudence,
     pull, pull in, pull the strings, purchase, put down, quarterback,
     quickness, raj, rationing, readiness, record, reduce,
     reduce the temperature, regnancy, regulate, regulation, reign,
     rein, rein in, reins of government, repose, repress, repute,
     research and development, resource, resourcefulness, restrain,
     restraint, restraint of trade, retard, retardation, retrench,
     retrenchment, revenant, robot control, rule, rule of thumb, run,
     running, savoir-faire, savvy, say, seamanship, self-abnegation,
     self-command, self-conquest, self-control, self-denial,
     self-discipline, self-government, self-mastery, self-possession,
     self-restraint, serenity, serfdom, serfhood, servility, servitude,
     servo control, set back, shade, shadow, shape, shrouded spirit,
     skill, skillfulness, skipper, slacken, slavery, slow down,
     slowing down, smother, snub, sober, sober down, sobriety, soften,
     solo, sovereignty, special providence, specter, spectral ghost,
     spirit, spook, sprite, stability, steadiness, steer, steerage,
     steering, stifle, straiten, strings, style, suasion, subdue,
     subjection, subjugation, subtle influence, suggestion, supervise,
     supervision, supervisory control, suppress, supremacy, sway,
     switch, tact, tactfulness, take command, take in hand,
     take the lead, talons, tame, tariff wall, technical brilliance,
     technical mastery, technical skill, technique, temper, temperance,
     temperateness, tentative method, tentativeness, testing, the conn,
     the helm, the wheel, theophany, thought control, thrall, thralldom,
     timing, tone down, top spot, totem, tranquillity, trial,
     trial and error, trying, tune down, tutelar god, tutelary, tyranny,
     underplay, unexcessiveness, unextravagance, unextremeness,
     unsubstantiality, upper hand, vassalage, via media, villenage,
     virtuosity, vision, walking dead man, wandering soul, weaken,
     wear the pants, weight, whip hand, wield authority, wit, withhold,
     wizardry, workmanship, wraith, zenith, zombie
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  control
  ctrl
  
     1.  A control key on a keyboard used to
     input control characters.
  
     2.  A component in a
     graphical user interface, e.g. an Active-X control.
  

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