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1. One that controls: a controller, not an observer of events.
3. A mechanism or device that controls something, as in a vehicle or video game.

con·trol′ler·ship′ n.


1. a person who directs, regulates, or restrains
2. (Accounting & Book-keeping) Also called: comptroller a business executive or government officer who is responsible for financial planning, control, etc
3. (Electrical Engineering) the equipment concerned with controlling the operation of an electrical device
conˈtrollerˌship n


(kənˈtroʊ lər)

1. a government official or an officer of a business firm, usu. the chief accountant, who superintends financial accounts and transactions; comptroller.
2. a person who regulates, directs, or restrains.
3. a regulating mechanism.
[1350–1400; Middle English countrollour < Anglo-French countrero(u)llour, Middle French contrerolleur=contrerolle duplicate roll (see control) + -eur, -our < Latin -ōr- -or2]
con•trol′ler•ship`, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.controller - someone who maintains and audits business accountscontroller - someone who maintains and audits business accounts
auditor - a qualified accountant who inspects the accounting records and practices of a business or other organization
bean counter - an accountant or bureaucrat who is believed to place undue emphasis on the control of expenditures
bookkeeper - someone who records the transactions of a business
bourgeois, businessperson - a capitalist who engages in industrial commercial enterprise
certified public accountant, CPA - an accountant who has passed certain examinations and met all other statutory and licensing requirements of a United States state to be certified by that state; "in addition to accounting and auditing, CPAs also prepare tax returns for individuals and corporations"
chartered accountant - a British or Canadian accountant who is a member of a professional body that has a royal charter
cost accountant - a specialist in the systematic recording and analysis of the costs incident to production
2.controller - a person who directs and restrains
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
nazi - derogatory term for a person who is fanatically dedicated to, or seeks to control, some activity, practice, etc.
overcomer, subduer, surmounter - someone who overcomes and establishes ascendancy and control by force or persuasion
suppresser, suppressor - someone who suppresses; "dictators are suppressors of free speech"
withholder - a person who restrains or checks or holds back
3.controller - 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"
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 - (computer science) a circuit or chip that translates commands into a form that can control a hard disk drive
governor, regulator - a control that maintains a steady speed in a machine (as by controlling the supply of fuel)
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; used as an input device to computers or to devices controlled by computers
mechanism - device consisting of a piece of machinery; has moving parts that perform some function
regulator - any of various controls or devices for regulating or controlling fluid flow, pressure, temperature, etc.
electric switch, electrical 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
مُراقِب،مُدير مُراقَبَه
stjórnandi; flugumferîarstjóri


[kənˈtrəʊləʳ] N (Comm) → interventor(a) m/f (Aer) → controlador(a) m/f
air-traffic controllercontrolador(a) m/f aéreo/a


[kənˈtrəʊlər] ndirecteur/trice m/fcontrolling interest n (in company)participation f majoritaire
a controlling interest in → une participation majoritaire danscontrol panel n (on aircraft, ship)tableau m de commandescontrol room n
[ship] → salle f des commandes
(RADIO, TV)régie fcontrol tower n (at airport)tour f de contrôle


(= director, Rad) → Intendant(in) m(f); (Aviat) → (Flug)lotse m, → (Flug)lotsin f
(= financial head)Leiter mdes Finanzwesens
(for video games etc) → Joypad nt
(Comput) → Controller m


[kənˈtrəʊləʳ] ncontrollore m


(kənˈtrəul) noun
1. the right of directing or of giving orders; power or authority. She has control over all the decisions in that department; She has no control over that dog.
2. the act of holding back or restraining. control of prices; I know you're angry but you must not lose control (of yourself).
3. (often in plural) a lever, button etc which operates (a machine etc). The clutch and accelerator are foot controls in a car.
4. a point or place at which an inspection takes place. passport control.
verbpast tense, past participle conˈtrolled
1. to direct or guide; to have power or authority over. The captain controls the whole ship; Control your dog!
2. to hold back; to restrain (oneself or one's emotions etc). Control yourself!
3. to keep to a fixed standard. The government is controlling prices.
conˈtroller noun
a person or thing that controls. an air-traffic controller.
conˈtrol-tower noun
a building at an airport from which take-off and landing instructions are given.
in control (of)
in charge (of). She is very much in control (of the situation).
out of control
not under the authority or power of someone. The brakes failed and the car went out of control; Those children are completely out of control (= wild and disobedient).
under control
Keep your dog under control!; Everything's under control now.
References in classic literature ?
Every vehicle that passes he expects is going to run into him; and he never finds himself ascending or descending a hill without immediately beginning to speculate upon his chances, supposing--as seems extremely probable--that the weak-kneed controller of his destiny should let go.
Do you know that I am called Florian Barbedienne, actual lieutenant to monsieur the provost, and, moreover, commissioner, inquisitor, controller, and examiner, with equal power in provostship, bailiwick, preservation, and inferior court of judicature?
The motorman, smashing helmets with his controller bar, was beaten into insensibility and dragged from his platform.
Yet before I proceed to my legitimate subject some few final remarks will no doubt be expected by my Readers upon those pillars and mainstays of the Constitution of Flatland, the controllers of our conduct and shapers of our destiny, the objects of universal homage and almost of adoration: need I say that I mean our Circles or Priests?
UDC 700 digital controller delivers reliable control of less complex processes in a space-saving 1/32-DIN size.
A liquid crystal cleaner strap will also come packaged with the controller, and the set is expected to sell at a retail price of 4,980 JPY (tax included) in game stor es throughout Japan.
As you add more servers, users, or the number of transactions grows, clustered network storage systems allow you to just add another controller to the cluster that provides more processing power, cache memory and host ports to meet the demands.
From the "Combat Controller Teams" of Operation Varsity, and General "Hap" Arnold's "Air Commando Force" in the Pacific to the combat controllers who helped deliver victory over the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the forces of Saddam in Iraq, combat controllers have fought, and, in some cases, died, in virtually every major operation or war over the past five decades.
Promise's FastTrak TX4000 ATA RAID controller targets high-performance desktop PC users interested in achieving enhanced performance in four-drive ATA RAID set-ups with a controller solution that provides four independent Ultra ATA channels.
A RAID controller keeps track of the different physical disks and allocates storage space on all of these disks in a particular manner called striping.
Out of bedroom offices in their homes, they have created a controller that transforms hand and body movements into commands that can drive a car, fight a knight, make a runner jump or anything else required by a video game.
A controller makes sense once your company is generating at least $500,000 in sales, has a larger customer and supplier base or is looking to enter new markets.

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