remote control


Definition of remote control

1 : control (as by radio signal) of operation from a point at some distance removed
2 : a device or mechanism for controlling something from a distance

Examples of remote control in a Sentence

Where did you put the remote control? The bomb was detonated by remote control. a DVD player with remote control
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Samsung’s latest innovation, the Galaxy Fold, is a phone and tablet in one, with a slim, remote control–like form that unfolds from a 4.6-inch screen into a 7.3-inch screen thanks to technology called Infinity Flex Display. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Is Samsung’s Galaxy Fold the Phone of the Future?," 15 Apr. 2019 They’re puppets, guided by remote control by the voice of their unseen leader. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘Hotel Mumbai’ review: a horrifying tale of 2008 terrorist attack," 26 Mar. 2019 One startup is developing technology to serve as a missing link: controlling the car by remote control. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "The Long, Shared Road to Driverless Cars," 18 Mar. 2019 Bandersnatch allows viewers to make film-altering choices, which range from trivial (pick the protagonist's breakfast) to plot-altering (choose whether to take medication), by using remote controls on most streaming-video devices. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Not Bander-snatched: Black Mirror confirms fifth season plans," 28 Dec. 2018 Other mines are triggered by a tripwire, while still other mines may be command detonated—that is, triggered by remote control. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Trying to Design a Civilian-Safe Land Mine," 14 Nov. 2018 What’s not going to go away: the need to have a device that’s constantly with you, to remote control your life. Sarah Krouse, WSJ, "The Big Hangup: Why the Future Is Not Just Your Phone," 12 Jan. 2019 Amazon's Cube is the Echo speaker for TVs, a streaming player with no physical remote control. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Is Sprint's $15 monthly unlimited deal that good?," 9 June 2018 Among the gizmo-tech are standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Blue Link, which effectively turns your phone into your car’s remote control. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Hyundai Kona Electric: Good EVs Are No Longer Shocking," 1 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of remote control

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of remote control was in 1904

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English Language Learners Definition of remote control

: a small device that is used to operate electronic equipment (such as a television) from a distance by using electronic signals
: a process or system that makes it possible to control something from a distance by using electronic signals

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Kids Definition of remote control

1 : a device for controlling something from a distance a remote control for a TV
2 : control (as by a radio signal) of operation from a distant point

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