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 Ali Abdullahi, an official with the Southwestern regional state, said the mine was detonated by remote control as people were dining during the morning rush. Washington Post, "World Digest: July 4, 2020," 4 July 2020 Use the remote control or LED display to change fan speed, mode, and time. Popular Science, "Powerful floor air conditioners that keep you cool in a heat wave," 15 June 2020 The Perceptron had been developed on a 9-tonne IBM 704, a mainframe computer with less power than a modern television remote control. The Economist, "The future Humans will add to AI’s limitations," 11 June 2020 Your character options: Captain Couch Dent, equipped with sleepy pants and a remote control. Rasputin Todd,, "Need a break from the news? Find a moment of peace with this quarantine quiz 4-pack," 5 June 2020 There's even a remote control for quick and easy temperature modification. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "This huge sale on air conditioners is just in time for summer," 4 June 2020 This portable unit that comes with a remote controlAnother evaporative cooler, this one takes things up a notch by serving as a four-in-one device — air conditioner, heather, humidifier, and fan — that’s perfect all year long. Tanner Saunders, USA TODAY, "10 air conditioners you can buy under $200," 5 June 2020 In a cramped office in eastern Seoul, Hwang Seungwon points a remote control toward a huge NASA-like overhead screen stretching across one of the walls., "The coronavirus seems to be sparing populations at high altitudes," 31 May 2020 Functions can be operated from within the car—which is mechanically almost identical to an original DB5—or via a remote control to enable owners to better see them in action. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Aston Martin Back in Production and Building Goldfinger DB5 Cars," 27 May 2020

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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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11 Jul 2020

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“Remote control.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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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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