Con*trol", n. 1.
(Mach.) The complete apparatus used to control a mechanism
or machine in operation, as a flying machine in flight;
specifically (Aëronautics), the mechanism controlling
the rudders and ailerons.
2. (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.
Con*trol" (?), n. [F.
contrôle a counter register, contr. fr. contr-
rôle; contre (L. contra) +
rôle 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.
2. That which serves to check, restrain,
or hinder; restraint. "Speak without control."
3. Power or authority to check or
restrain; restraining or regulating influence; superintendence;
government; as, children should be under parental
The House of Commons should exercise a
control over all the departments of the executive
Board of control. See under
Con*trol", v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Controlled (?); p. pr. & vb.
n. Controlling.] [F. contrôler, fr.
contrôle.] [Formerly written comptrol and
controul.] 1. To check by a counter
register or duplicate account; to prove by counter statements; to
This report was controlled to be false.
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.
I feel my virtue struggling in my soul:
But stronger passion does its power control.
Syn. -- To restrain; rule; govern; manage; guide;
regulate; hinder; direct; check; curb; counteract; subdue.