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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This device works in combination with the Peel Smart Remote app to turn your iPhone into a universal remote control that can handle almost any television, stereo system, or another home-entertainment device. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "9 clever ways to re-purpose your old cell phone," 29 May 2018 This device works in combination with the Peel Smart Remote app to turn your iPhone into a universal remote control that can handle almost any television, stereo system, or another home-entertainment device. Kim Komando, Fox News, "9 clever ways to repurpose your old cell phone," 25 May 2018 No sooner did Americans have TVs in their homes than Zenith invented a remote control, calling it Lazy Bones, in 1950. Ronda Kaysen, New York Times, "Is My Not-So-Smart House Watching Me?," 27 Apr. 2018 Skylights open via remote control, and automatically close if sensors detect precipitation. David Gleisner, Daily Southtown, "Rare glass house carved into hillside hits the market in Olympia Fields," 14 July 2018 Even nicer to discover that, with the help of a handy remote control, the building can suddenly shrink to the size of a suitcase, small enough to tuck away in the overhead compartment. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "'Ant-Man and the Wasp' is a bright, cheery tonic from the Marvel superhero factory," 27 June 2018 But there are also people who can’t wait to bet on games through a mobile app with a TV remote control as easily as ordering a pay-per-view event. Phil Rosenthal, chicagotribune.com, "If the U.S. Supreme Court lets states legalize sports betting, media might make a wager," 11 May 2018 The fuselage began rotating upside-down as the operator, standing poolside with a remote control, drove the mechanized rotation ring that sent us spinning. Eric Adams, WIRED, "Inside the Safety Issues Surrounding the NY Helicopter Crash," 8 Apr. 2018 The city intends to convert its 61,000 street lights to an LED system that can be controlled via remote control and will alert the city when a light fails. Robert Higgs, cleveland.com, "Cleveland to upgrade street lights, post security cameras to bolster neighborhood safety," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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