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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.
Origin of remote control
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remote-control, adjective Unabridged
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  • They allege that the planetoid is a security risk, in that it could be used for remote-control bombing of any of their planets.

    Mr. President Stephen Arr
  • At first I thought he was just a remote-control tool, but I finally saw that he was a real, honest-to-goodness robot.

    Unwise Child Gordon Randall Garrett
  • A remote-control robot could never get close enough to the Nipe to do any good.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • The stores of Hunter and Nereid rockets—especially the remote-control jobs—were broken out.

    The Invaders William Fitzgerald Jenkins
  • Facing them were three armchairs, a remote-control box beside one and another Kwann cushion behind and between the other two.

    Oomphel in the Sky Henry Beam Piper
  • About the same time he invented a new way of rehearsing the orchestra—the remote-control method.

  • He watched it open and contract a little, but it was like operating a remote-control mechanism.

    Death of a Spaceman Walter M. Miller
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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