• (British) IPA: /kənˈtɹəʊl/
  • (America) IPA: /kənˈt(ʃ)ɹoʊl/

control (controls, present participle controlling; past and past participle controlled)

  1. (transitive) To exercise influence over; to suggest or dictate the behavior of.
    Synonyms: besteer, bewield, manage, puppeteer, rule
    With a simple remote, he could control the toy truck.
  2. (transitive, statistics) (construed with for) To design (an experiment) so that the effects of one or more variables are reduced or eliminated.
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  1. (countable, uncountable) Influence or authority over something.
    The government has complete control over the situation.
  2. A separate group or subject in an experiment against which the results are compared where the primary variable is low or non-existent.
  3. The method and means of governing the performance of any apparatus, machine or system, such as a lever, handle or button.
  4. Restraint or ability to contain one's movements or emotions, or self-control.
    • She had no control of her body as she tumbled downhill. She did not know up from down. It was not unlike being cartwheeled in a relentlessly crashing wave.
  5. A security mechanism, policy, or procedure that can counter system attack, reduce risks, and resolve vulnerabilities; a safeguard or countermeasure.
  6. (project management) A means of monitoring for, and triggering intervention in, activities that are not going according to plan.
  7. A duplicate book, register, or account, kept to correct or check another account or register.
  8. (graphical user interface) An interface element that a computer user interacts with, such as a window or a text box.
    Synonyms: widget
  9. (climatology) Any of the physical factors determining the climate of a place, such 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.
  10. (linguistics) A construction in which the understood subject of a given predicate is determined by an expression in context. See control (linguistics).
Translations Translations
  • French: de contrôle, groupe témoin
  • German: Kontrollgruppe
  • Italian: di controllo
  • Portuguese: controlo (Portugal), controle (Brazil)
  • Russian: контро́льная гру́ппа
  • Spanish: patrón de comparación, de control
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  • Spanish: contramedida
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  • German: Kontrollelement, Steuerelement

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