Con·trol, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Controlled p. pr. & vb. n. Controlling.] [Formerly written comptrol and controul.]
1. To check by a counter register or duplicate account; to prove by counter statements; to confute. [Obs.]
This report was controlled to be false. --Fuller.
2. To exercise restraining or governing influence over; to check; to counteract; to restrain; to regulate; to govern; to overpower.
Give me a staff of honor for mine age,
But not a scepter to control the world. --Shak.
I feel my virtue struggling in my soul:
But stronger passion does its power control. --Dryden.
Syn: -- To restrain; rule; govern; manage; guide; regulate; hinder; direct; check; curb; counteract; subdue.
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
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:
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]
7: discipline in personal and social activities; "he was a
model of polite restraint"; "she never lost control of
herself" [syn: restraint] [ant: unrestraint]
8: great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or
activity; "a good command of French" [syn: command, mastery]
9: the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing
prices or wages etc.; "they wanted to repeal all the
legislation that imposed economic controls"
10: a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine; "the
speed control on his turntable was not working properly";
"I turned the controls over to her" [syn: controller]
11: a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium
during a seance
v 1: exercise authoritative control or power over; "control the
budget"; "Command the military forces" [syn: 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: 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]
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]
5: verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or
comparing with another standard, of scientific
experiments; "Are you controlling for the temperature?"
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,
8: have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; "Do
you control these data?" [syn: master]
[also: controlling, controlled]
adj : able to control or determine policy; "a controlling interest
in the firm"