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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One afternoon in 2003, Hyneman was standing on a film set on Hermosa Beach, in Los Angeles, wearing full scuba gear and holding a remote control. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Tank That's Tougher Than Wildfire," 13 Nov. 2018 Ikea appears to be expanding its Trådfri line of smart lighting products, adding new smart plugs that can make any offline product controllable via an app or a remote control, according to Swedish tech blog Teknikveckan. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Ikea may launch $10 smart plugs in October," 23 Aug. 2018 Setting up the two remote controls that come alongside the Wireless Speakers is equally as simple. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Roku TV Wireless Speakers review: easy listening," 29 Nov. 2018 The most notable new addition was adding a remote control function to the stylus that comes with the device. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Smartphones’ Upsell Game Already Priced Out," 10 Aug. 2018 The programmable machines have rotating blades at adjustable heights, remote controls (via phone app or separately), and built-in sensors that prevent them from mowing over, say, a child's toy. Maria Carter, Country Living, "The Roomba for Lawns Is a Yard Work Game-Changer," 19 Apr. 2017 An old remote control, cellphone, keyboard or mouse. Redbook, "10 Creative (and Cheap!) Gifts Any Toddler Will Love," 8 July 2011 Still, in a city where pedestrians walk with phones in hand as if self-directed by remote control, Sozzani hopes that her newest location will be a kind of down-tempo oasis. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "This Italian Icon Has Never Worn Makeup—But She Swears by One Cult Skin Cream," 7 Sep. 2018 The goal of the call is to trick the mark into purchasing software or technical support to fix the issue or to install software that gives the caller remote control over the computer. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Tech-support scammers know EVERYTHING about my computer, Dell customer says," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of remote control

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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