Meaning of “remote control” in the English Dictionary

"remote control" in British English

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remote controlnoun

uk /rɪˌməʊt kənˈtrəʊl/ us /rɪˌmoʊt kənˈtroʊl/

[ U ] a system for controlling something such as a machine or vehicle from a distance, by using electrical or radio signals:

The bomb was detonated by remote control.

B1 [ C ] also remote a piece of equipment that you hold in your hand and use to control a television, DVD player, etc.:

Have you seen the remote for the TV anywhere?

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  • The rocket went off course and had to be destroyed by remote control.
  • He set off the car bomb with a remote control device from his own car.
  • These functions are now operated by remote control.
  • Police officials say the blast was triggered by remote control.
  • These robots will work by remote control.
remote-controlled
adjective uk /rɪˌməʊt.kənˈtrəʊld/ us /-ˌmoʊt.kənˈtroʊld/

a remote-controlled model aircraft

(Definition of “remote control” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"remote control" in American English

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remote controlnoun [ C/U ]

us /rɪˈmoʊt kənˈtroʊl/ short form remote

a device or a system for controlling something from a distance:

Is this remote for the TV or the DVD player?
The robot, standing about 3 feet tall, can be operated by remote control.
remote-controlled
adjective [ not gradable ]

Remote-controlled cameras monitor the entrance.

(Definition of “remote control” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"remote control" in Business English

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remote controlnoun [ C ]

uk us also informal remote

a piece of equipment that you hold in your hand and use to operate a television, CD player, etc.

(Definition of “remote control” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)