"This is folly," cried Jack, controlling himself by a powerful effort.
Captain Candage was silent, controlling some visible emotions.
The roan mare was young and spirited, but not vicious, and the boy had no trouble in controlling her.
He is susceptible of deep and controlling religious impressions.
She was not in the habit of controlling herself or hiding her emotions.
“He had no son,” said Lady Ingleby, controlling her voice with effort.
"But you don't always behave in such a way as to make me feel loyal," she said, controlling herself.
And the spirit of the captain is the controlling factor in any contest.
The masses are liable to controlling influences from elements which they contain.
“Joyce has relieved me, Captain,” he said, controlling his voice with an effort.
control early 14c., "to check, verify, regulate," from Anglo-Norm. contreroller "exert authority," from M.L. contrarotulus "a counter, register," from L. contra- "against" (see contra) + rotulus, dim. of rota "wheel" (see roll). From a medieval method of checking accounts by a duplicate register. Sense of "dominate, direct" is c.1450. Related: Controllable (1570s); controlled (1580s; of rent, from c.1930); controlling (1520s). Control group in scientific experiments is attested from 1952 (from a sense of control attested since 1875). Control freak is late 1960s slang.