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spoken English23.62%written English76.38% conversational speech20.99%task-oriented speech79.01% imaginative writing20.97%informational writing79.03%
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Definition of the noun control

What does control mean as a name of something?

Control is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: controls

  1. power to direct or determine
  2. a relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or group) by another
    • examples: measures for the control of disease | they instituted controls over drinking on campus
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic word: relation = an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
  3. (physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc
  4. a standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment
    • example: the control condition was inappropriate for the conclusions he wished to draw
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonym of control: control condition
    • more generic words: criterion / standard = the ideal in terms of which something can be judged
    • part of: experiment / experimentation = the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation
  5. the activity of managing or exerting control over something
  6. the state that exists when one person or group has power over another
  7. discipline in personal and social activities
  8. great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
  9. a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine
    • example: I turned the controls over to her
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of control: controller
    • more generic word: mechanism = device consisting of a piece of machinery
    • more specific terms:
      • cruise control = control mechanism for keeping an automobile at a set speed
      • dial = the control on a radio or television set that is used for tuning
      • disk controller = a circuit or chip that translates commands into a form that can control a hard disk drive
      • regulator / governor = a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine
      • handwheel = control consisting of a wheel whose rim serves as the handle by which a part is operated
      • joystick = a manual control consisting of a vertical handle that can move freely in two directions
      • regulator = any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.
      • electrical switch / electric switch / switch = control consisting of a mechanical or electrical or electronic device for making or breaking or changing the connections in a circuit
      • valve = control consisting of a mechanical device for controlling the flow of a fluid
  10. a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic terms: disembodied spirit / spirit = any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
  11. the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.
    • example: they wanted to repeal all the legislation that imposed economic controls
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic term: economic policy = a government policy for maintaining economic growth and tax revenues
    • more specific terms:
      • price control = restriction on maximum prices that is established and maintained by the government
      • ceiling / roof / cap = an upper limit on what is allowed
      • floor / base = a lower limit

Alternative definition of the noun control


  1. Influence or authority over.
  2. A separate group or subject in an experiment against which the results are compared where the primary variable is low or nonexistence.
  3. The method and means of governing the performance of any apparatus, machine or system, such as a lever, handle or button.
  4. A security mechanism, policy, or procedure that can counter system attack, reduce risks, and resolve vulnerabilities, synonymous with safeguard and counter-measure.
  5. restraint or ability to contain one's emotions, or self-control.
  6. [GUI] An interface element that a computer user interacts with, such as a window or a text box.

Specialised definition of the noun control

Glossary of sports

skill in using something or in performing (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / wrestling

a wrestler who has a dominant position that restricts the opponent's mobility is said to be in control

Definition of the verb control

What does control mean as a doing word?

Control is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: controlled, controlling

  1. exercise authoritative control or power over
  2. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
  3. handle and cause to function
    • example: control the lever
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of control: operate
    • more generic word: manipulate = hold something in one's hands and move it
    • more specific words:
      • synchronise / synchronize = operate simultaneously
      • dial = operate a dial to select a telephone number
      • turn = alter the functioning or setting of
      • submarine = control a submarine
      • treadle = operate (machinery) by a treadle
      • relay = control or operate by relay
      • gate = control with a valve or other device that functions like a gate
      • pedal = operate the pedals on a keyboard instrument
      • drive = operate or control a vehicle
      • aviate / pilot / fly = operate an airplane
  4. maintain influence over (others or oneself) skillfully, usually to one's advantage
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • synonyms of control: keep in line / manipulate
    • more generic word: interact = act together or towards others or with others
    • more specific words:
      • tease = to arouse hope, desire, or curiosity without satisfying them
      • handle = show and train
      • ingratiate = gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts
  5. check or regulate (a scientific experiment) by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard
  6. place under restrictions; limit access to by law
  7. verify by using a duplicate register for comparison
  8. be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
    • example: control the quality of the product
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of control: ascertain / assure / check / ensure / insure / see / see to it
    • more generic word: verify = confirm the truth of
    • more specific words:
      • proofread / proof = read for errors
      • double-check = check once more to be absolutely sure
      • cross-check = check out conflicting sources
      • cinch = make sure of
      • card = ask someone for identification to determine whether he or she is old enough to consume liquor
      • spot-check = pick out random samples for examination in order to ensure high quality
      • cover = maintain a check on
  9. have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of
    • example: Do you control these data?
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of control: master
    • more generic word: know = know how to do or perform something
    • more specific word: cinch = get a grip on
    • entailment: understand = know and comprehend the nature or meaning of


  1. "Control" is a 2007 biographical film about the life of Ian Curtis, singer of the late-1970s English post-punk band Joy Division. It is the first feature film directed by Anton Corbijn, who had worked with Joy Division as a photographer. The screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh was based on the biography Touching from a Distance by Curtis' widow Deborah, who served as a co-producer on the film. Tony Wilson, who released Joy Division's records through his Factory Records label, also served as a co-producer. Curtis' bandmates Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, and Stephen Morris provided incidental music for the soundtrack via their post-Joy Division incarnation New Order. Control was filmed partly on location in Nottingham, Manchester, and Macclesfield, including areas where Curtis lived, and was shot in colour and then printed to black-and-white. Its title comes from the Joy Division song "She's Lost Control".
  2. Control a.k.a. C: [C] - The Money of Soul and Possibility Control is a 2011 Japanese anime television series produced by Tatsunoko Production under the direction of Kenji Nakamura with Noboru Takagi as script supervisor. C aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina programing block between April 14, 2011 and June 23, 2011. Funimation Entertainment simulcasted the anime every Thursday, beginning with April 21, 2011. Funimation has acquired additional home video rights to the series and has been released in 2012. The anime aired in North America on the Funimation Channel on January 14, 2013.
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  3. "Control" a.k.a. "Kontroll" is a 2003 Hungarian comedy–thriller film. Shown internationally, mainly in art house theatres, the film is a darkly comic thriller set in the Budapest Metro system.
  4. "Control" is a 2013 Chinese-Hong Kong film directed by Kenneth Bi and starring Daniel Wu, Yao Chen, Simon Yam, Leon Dai, Ady An and Shao Bing.
  5. "Control" is a 2004 direct-to-video film. It was produced by an American production company, but was filmed in Bulgaria.
  6. "Control": Il giorno prima is a 1987 Italian drama film directed by Giuliano Montaldo and starring Burt Lancaster and Ben Gazzara. The story was written by Piero Angela and the screenplay was by Piero Angela, Jeremy Hole, Giuliano Montaldo and Brian Moore.
  7. "Control" is a 2014 documentary film directed by Chris Bravo and Lindsey Schneider.
  8. "Control" is a 2005 Australian short film written and directed by Jon Cohen.
  9. "Control" is a film, directed by Tom Whitus.
  10. "Control" is a short film, directed by Frank Miller.
    • country: United Kingdom
    • language: English Language
    • released in (95 years ago)


Control is a fictional character created by John le Carré. Control is an intelligence officer who acts as the head of "the Circus", the British overseas intelligence agency. He is a character in the novels The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Looking Glass War, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and is referred to in several others, usually by association with le Carré's recurring protagonist George Smiley, who serves as Control's right-hand man. "Control" is a nom de guerre; the character's real name is never given, and it is suggested that he successfully kept his true identity secret even from his inner circle of advisors. In the original screenplay for the movie adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Smiley muses that Control had once told him that Howard Staunton was the greatest chess master Britain had ever produced. "Staunton" later turns out to be the name that Control used for the rental of his flat.


  1. "Control" is the third studio album by American recording artist Janet Jackson, released on February 4, 1986 by A&M Records. Her collaborations with the songwriters and record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis resulted in an unconventional sound: a fusion of rhythm and blues, rap vocals, funk, disco and synthesized percussion that established Jackson, Jam and Lewis as the leading innovators of contemporary R&B. The album became Jackson's commercial breakthrough and enabled her to transition into the popular music market, with Control becoming one of the foremost albums of the 1980s and contemporary music.
  2. "Control" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Janet Jackson for her third album Control. It was written by Jackson, James Harris III, and Terry Lewis and produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The song was released as the fourth single from the album on October 21, 1986 by A&M Records. Its arrangement, built upon complex rhythmic tracks, showcased state-of-the-art production. The song is about Jackson wanting to finally take control of her life.
  3. "Control" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Big Sean, featuring fellow American rappers Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica. The song was originally intended to be included on Big Sean's second studio album Hall of Fame, but was ultimately removed from the final track-listing due to sample clearance issues. "Control" impacted American mainstream urban radio on August 14, 2013 as a promotional single for Hall of Fame. The track contains samples such as "Where I'm From" by Jay-Z, "El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido" by Quilapayún and Sergio Ortega and an interpolation of "Get Bizy" by Terrace Martin, which also features fellow rappers Kendrick Lamar and Kurupt.
  4. "Control" is a song released by the post-grunge group Puddle of Mudd, as the first single off of their album Come Clean. It was released in July 2001, "Control" is about vanity, and was written by Wes Scantlin and co-written by Brad Stewart formerly of Shinedown. The single was successful, peaking at #3 on the Mainstream Rock Chart and #3 on Modern Rock Charts and peak at #68 at the Billboard Hot 100 and brought Puddle of Mudd worldwide fame.
  5. "Control" is a song by British drum and bass production duo Matrix & Futurebound. It was released on 29 December 2013. The song entered at number 18 and climbed to and peaked at number 7 in its second week on the UK Singles Chart, making it the duo's most commercially successful single to date.
  6. "Control" is the third full-length album by Pedro the Lion. It was released on April 16, 2002 on Jade Tree Records. It is a concept album about a business man who is having an affair on his wife, who kills him. It covers such subject matter as infidelity, parenthood, greed, vengeance, and fear of death.
    • genre: Indie rock
    • released on (13 years ago)
  7. "Control" a.k.a. "Control (Juno Reactor instrumental)" is a composition.
  8. "Control" is the second North American single released from alternative rock band Garbage's fifth studio album, Not Your Kind of People, and was sent to radio stations across United States in October 2012. The band mastered a radio version of the song for airplay featuring a third chorus in place of the breakdown that marks the album version of the song.
  9. "Control" a.k.a. "Revelation" is the sixth studio album released by Australian singer-songwriter Peter Andre.
  10. "Control" is a musical album of Neo, soundtrack.
    • also known as Kontroll Soundtrack
    • released in (12 years ago)
  11. "Control" is a song written by rock band Mutemath. It's the second radio single from their self-titled debut album. The single was released to radio in January 2008. A digital single followed in February 2008. The song was written by Paul Meany, Darren King, Roy Mitchell-Cárdenas and Greg Hill. It was originally released on Reset EP in 2004. The song is also featured as downloadable content for the Rock Band series of video games. The song won a Dove Award in 2005 for Best Modern Rock Song of the Year.
  12. "Control" is the debut single by American hip hop artist Kid Sister from her album Ultraviolet. The song was released via Fool's Gold Records in 2007 and is included in the Android operating system for mobile devices.
  13. "Control" is the debut album by indie rock band GoodBooks. It was released on July 30, 2007 on CD, LP and as a digital download. The end of the song "Start/Stop" has an instrumental at the end of it.
    • genre: Indie rock
    • released on (7 years ago)
  14. "Control" is a 1986 single album by Janet Jackson.
    • released on (29 years ago)
  15. "Control" is a musical single of Puddle of Mudd.
    • released on (14 years ago)


  1. Control a.k.a. Beerzone is a musical group.
  2. Control is a musical group.
    • albums: "Hooligan Rock 'n' Roll", "The Business / Control", "Trouble on the Streets", "Punk Rock Ruined My Life", "Stand Your Ground"
  3. Control is a musical group.
    • album: "La Historia"

There are other groups with in their name, like Control-S, control dc, Control//s, NS Control,, Sin Control, Fear Control, Lust Control, Pain Control, Self Control, Self-Control, Soul Control, Alimo&Control, Birth control, birth-control, Blues Control, Chaos Control, Cloud Control, Control freak.


Control is a record label.


  1. Control or Controlling is one of the managerial functions like planning, organizing, staffing and directing. It is an important function because it helps to check the errors and to take the corrective action so that deviation from standards are minimized and stated goals of the organization are achieved in a desired manner.
  2. Control: In linguistics, control is a construction where the understood subject of a given predicate is determined by some expression in context. Stereotypical instances of control involve verbs. A superordinate verb "controls" a subordinate, non-finite verb. Control was intensively studied in the Government and Binding framework in the 1980s, and much of the terminology from that era is still used today. In the days of Transformational Grammar, control phenomena were discussed in terms of Equi-NP deletion. Control is often analyzed in terms of a null pronoun called PRO. Control is also related to raising, although there are important differences between control and raising. Most if not all languages have control constructions and these constructions tend to occur frequently.
    • also known as Control verb
  3. Control a.k.a. Control-\: In computing, control-\ is a control character in ASCII code, also known as the field separator character. It is generated by pressing the \ key while holding down the ^ Ctrl key on a computer keyboard.

Phrases with Control

Phrases starting with the word Control:

  1. control key
  2. control rod
  3. Control Code
  4. control grid
  5. control room
  6. Control verb

Phrases ending with the word Control:

  1. In Control
  2. gun control
  3. job control
  4. Tab Control
  5. arms control
  6. fire control
  7. Flow control
  8. Mind control
  9. Pest control
  10. Rent Control
  11. riot control
  12. Self Control
  13. self-control
  14. take control

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Control

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Google previewFuture-Minded (2014)

The Psychology of Agency and Control by Magda Osman

The Epicurian school of thought would go as far as to suggest that fundamentally control is the way to reduce our fear of...

Google previewPractical Non-destructive Testing (2002)

by Baldev Raj, T. Jayakumar, M. Thavasimuthu

Control is the process of regulating or directing an activity to verify its conformance to a standard and to take corrective action if required. Therefore quality control is a regulatory process for those activities which measure a product's performance, compare that performance...

In the narrow sense, quality control means conformance to quality, often this is achieved by inspection and process control on the ...

Google previewDriving the Successful Delivery of Major Defence Projects (2005)

Effective Project Control is a Key Factor in Successful Projects by Great Britain. National Audit Office

Effective Project Control is a Key Factor in Successful Projects; Ministry of Defence Great Britain: National Audit Office. The National Audit Office scrutinises public spending on behalf of Parliament. The Comptroller and Auditor General, ...

Google previewEuropean Administrative Decisions (2009)

How the EU Regulates Products on the Internal Market by Andrea M. Keessen

Direct control means that the Commission (or a Community body acting on its behalf) takes enforcement action against individual parties (if this is directed against a Member State, it is called supervision). Indirect control means that national ...

Google previewTactical Trend Trading (2012)

Strategies for Surviving and Thriving in Turbulent Markets by Robert Robbins

Risk control is the practice that ensures your long-term survival in the markets and keeps you profitably in the game, no matter...

Google previewAcetates—Advances in Research and Application: 2013 Edition (2013)


The delivery means, removal means, temperature means, oxygenation means, filtering means, and flow control means provide or restore a physiological acceptable mammalian environment. A self-sustaining system includes the following ...

Google previewIssues in Discovery, Experimental, and Laboratory Medicine: 2013 Edition (2013)

Conceptual control is a process applied to maintain security, to maintain a secure base for the interpretation of...

Google previewReduced-Order Modelling for Flow Control (2011)

by Bernd R. Noack, Marek Morzynski, Gilead Tadmor

Active turbulence control is a rapidly evolving new field of fluid dynamics with large industrial importance. Several developments serve as catalyzers. Actuators and sensors have become increasingly more powerful, cheaper and more reliable ...

Google previewIntroduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics for Engineers, Second Edition (2012)

by Mark R. Lehto, Steven J. Landry

Used as a verb, control refers to the activities of one or more persons directly or indirectly guiding a system or process.

Used as a noun, a control is a device used to control something. Steering wheels...

Google previewFruit Fly Pests (1996)

A World Assessment of Their Biology and Management by Bruce A. McPheron, Gary J. Steck

Quality control is the mechanism for identifying problems in a mass- reared ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1992)

Volume 42 - Pressure-Relieving Devices: Rupture Disks: Selection of to Process Control and Dynamics: Savings from Upgrading by John J. McKetta Jr

Volume 42 - Pressure-Relieving Devices: Rupture Disks: Selection of to Process Control and Dynamics: Savings from Upgrading John J.

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia of Sports Medicine: An IOC Medical Commission Publication, Neuromuscular Aspects of Sports Performance (2011)

by Paavo V. Komi

Human stance and locomotion are basically related to the ability of balance and the control of posture. It is a great challenge to balance a CoG with a height of approximately 90–110 cm in adults over a small area of support. This can easily be ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY: Established computer networks and online guidelines for health care facility or medical data control and user protocol; access authorization. ACCESS: To allow computer, server, or network use, manipulation, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1993)

Volume 28 - Supplement 13: AerosPate Applications of Artificial Intelligence to Tree Structures by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

CONTROL UNIT DESIGN Within the data processing unit of any computer, from the smallest to the largest, is a network of registers, buses, and functional units that manipulate data. This network is called the data path, and its operations are ...

Google previewDictionary of Commerce and Management (2006)

by S.N. Chand

good inward control, or the inspection of raw materials or bought-out parts when they arrive at the factory; (ii) medial inspection, or checking the quality standard of partly manufactured ...

Google previewThe Computer and Information Science and Technology Abbreviations and Acronyms Dictionary (1994)

by David W. South

Uniform Commercial Code; Utility Control Console UCD Uniform Call Distribution UCF Utility Control Facility UCG Universal Command Group (IEEE) UCI Utility Card Input UCIC Universal Counter Integrated Circuit (H- P) UCM Universal ...

Google previewThe Pesticide Encyclopedia (2014)

by Kalyani Paranjape, Vasant Gowariker, V N Krishnamurthy, Sugha Gowariker

Feeds on pollen, fungal spores and spider mite eggs when main targets are scarce Used to control thrip F. occidentalis and also feeds on spider mites, strawberry mites, rust mites and pollen Used to control western flower thrips (F.

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Usage statistics about control

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun control:

spoken English23.62%written English76.38% conversational speech20.99%task-oriented speech79.01% imaginative writing20.97%informational writing79.03%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun control:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb control:


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Quotes about Control

I don't get upset over things I can control, because if I can control them there's no sense in getting upset. And I don't get upset over things I can't control, because if I can't control them there's no sense in getting upset. (Mickey Rivers)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1T1R1O1L1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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