numerical control



  • noun a machine operated automatically by computer or a set of circuits controlled by stored data.
  • acronymCNC
  • noun automatic operation of a machine by computer.


  • A form of automatic control of tools and machines. For instance, the instructions of a computer program controlling the position, movements, and speed of a drill in a manufacturing process. Its abbreviation is NC. Also called computerized numerical control, or computer numerical control.
  • Abbreviation of computer numerical control, or computerized numerical control.