controller

noun
con·​trol·​ler | \ kən-ˈtrō-lər How to pronounce controller (audio) , ˈkän-ˌtrō- How to pronounce controller (audio) \

Definition of controller

c : the chief accounting officer of a business enterprise or an institution (such as a college)
2a : one that controls or has power or authority to control air traffic controller

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Other Words from controller

controllership \ kən-​ˈtrō-​lər-​ˌship How to pronounce controllership (audio) , ˈkän-​ˌtrō-​ \ noun

Synonyms for controller

Synonyms

control, regulator

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Examples of controller in a Sentence

the controllers for the video game system seem fairly well designed

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But Moses knows how to step away from the video-game controllers too. Abby Stern, PEOPLE.com, "Gwyneth Paltrow Admits She Has a 'Fortnite' and 'Chicken Nuggets' Problem with Her Son Moses, 13," 7 June 2019 In reference to the external time cues, light is the main controller of the circadian rhythm and really dictates the timing of the body clock, especially in regards to sleep and wakefulness. SELF, "We Asked a Doctor How Much You Need to Care About Your Circadian Rhythm," 4 Sep. 2018 Both the controller and supervisor present at the time have been suspended. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "FAA Suspends Air Traffic Controller for Letting His Kids Talk Over the Radio," 4 Mar. 2010 Plastic knuckles Valve’s real coup is its controllers though. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Valve's $999 Index VR headset promises 'high-fidelity virtual reality' with revolutionary controls," 30 Apr. 2019 The project was commissioned by Patrick Holland, channel controller of BBC Two. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "Richard Gere Confirmed for First Major TV Role in 'MotherFatherSon'," 22 May 2018 This type of weed controller is formulated to prevent weed seeds from germinating, which will greatly reduce the number of crabgrass, dandelions and other weeds. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Your Lawn Ready for Spring," 22 Jan. 2019 The walls above the tiny bar are decorated with dozens of console controllers suspended from their own cords, and generations of handheld devices are scattered across the bar itself. Davey Young, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Akihabara: Our Guide," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of controller

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for controller

Middle English countreroller, from Anglo-French contreroulur, from contreroule

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The first known use of controller was in the 15th century

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controller

noun

English Language Learners Definition of controller

: a person who is in charge of the money received and paid out by a business or college
: a person who directs the action of something
: a device or piece of equipment used to operate a machine, vehicle, or system

controller

noun
con·​trol·​ler | \ kən-ˈtrō-lər, ˈkän-ˌtrō- How to pronounce controller (audio) \

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