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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Recent Examples on the Web Adding missiles to the Predator and its larger, more capable successor, Reaper, engendered fierce criticism and raised questions about the morality of death by remote control. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 June 2021 The intelligence agency told Fox News the device was a remote control for a dog training collar. Fox News, 19 June 2021 The new remote control no longer contains a gyroscope or accelerometer. David Phelan, Forbes, 22 May 2021 While the tech giant’s streaming box has long offered a premium user experience, the remote control included with the ultrapricey device has always, for lack of a better term, sucked. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 20 Apr. 2021 Voice control on Roku sets are via the Roku remote control and clicking the microphone button. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2020 As part of the model listing, Technic-AI included a video of the Lego truck being driven around via remote control. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 9 June 2021 The Avengers Campus offers plenty of the superheroes' souvenirs, from apparel and figurines to the Spider-Bots, which clatter around on eight legs at the flick of remote control. Paul Vercammen, CNN, 2 June 2021 This also features a remote control and a control panel that is mountable to the wall. Chris Hachey, BGR, 6 May 2021

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First Known Use of remote control

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of remote control was in 1903

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24 Jul 2021

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“Remote control.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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