Directly controlled variable
In a control loop, that variable the value of which is sensed to originate a feedback signal.
Figure 2 - Block diagram of automatic control system (5-2-045) incorporating a closed loop (5-2-080)
Reference: ANSI (modified)
Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)
International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM