remote control

noun

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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Recent Examples on the Web

The 140 acres at the northwest corner of Clay Street and U.S. 30 would go from a drag strip to an airplane strip for remote control planes under a proposal submitted to the Hobart Board of Zoning Appeals. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "Radio-controlled plane group wants OK to use old Hobart drag strip," 7 June 2019 Monica Bellamy looks through her parents’ remote controls in Duluth, Minn. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Hey, Mom, Why Do You Have Five TV Remotes?," 26 Nov. 2018 Access it via the SAP function on your TV’s remote control. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "As the Union's offense struggles, Anthony Fontana waits to provide a spark," 26 Apr. 2018 My husband, Rick, put on his amateur electrician's hat and got it to power up, only to realize the batteries in the remote control were dead. Meredith Carroll, Redbook, "My 6-Year-Old Is Obsessed With National Tragedies — and I Doubt She's Alone," 17 Oct. 2017 The trooper pulled over Guevarra and found a remote control attached to the key of the vehicle that lowers a black cover and conceals the license plate, Montes said. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Covering his license plate with secret shield, Florida man arrested," 4 June 2019 The house lacks for nothing: there is a television, a hat rack, computer and remote control—all in crochet. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Hooked on Missoni Home's Fairytale Rooms Made Entirely Out of Crochet," 10 Apr. 2019 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

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First Known Use of remote control

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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remote control

noun

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

remote control

noun

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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