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remote control

control of the operation or performance of an apparatus from a distance, as the control of a guided missile by radio signals.
Also called remote. a device used to control the operation of an apparatus or machine, as a television set, from a distance.
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remote-control, adjective Unabridged
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  • Gas-valves for remote control are actuated by gas pressure and by electromagnets.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • The ship, operated by remote control, was filled with pure radioactives.

    The Leech Phillips Barbee
  • By remote control, the lever would gradually open the bottom of the funnel.

    Make Mine Homogenized Rick Raphael
  • remote control would have been too slow, the argument went on.

    Watchbird Robert Sheckley
  • It would take time for a remote control station on another planet to see what was happening and take steps.

    The Secret of the Ninth Planet Donald Allen Wollheim
British Dictionary definitions for remote control

remote control

control of a system or activity by a person at a different place, usually by means of radio or ultrasonic signals or by electrical signals transmitted by wire
Also: remote. a hand-held device that enables remote control of a system or appliance
Derived Forms
remote-controlled, adjective
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