Can natural forces DICTATE work?

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libo_hefei

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This is a question chosen from 2014 TEM-4(TEST for ENGLISH MAJORs) in Mainland China.
Gone were the days when work was ______ by natural forces: steam engines were servant to neighter season nor sunshine.
A. defined
B. dictated
C. limited
D. controlled
Is B the best answer? If yes, does it mean "determine" here? If not, which one is the best?
Thanks in advance.
 
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    C. limited

    Natural forces no longer limited work because steam engines were not affect by season or sunshine.
     

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    I thought I had explained it. :)

    In the past, natural forces (including seasons and sunshine and rainfall and snowfall and freezing temperatures and sweltering conditions) limited the work that could be done. But steam engines are not affected to the same degree, so the work that can be done is not limited by weather or natural conditions.

    Obviously, this will depend on what the steam engines are being used for, but before steam engines you had humans and other animals performing the work that machines were able to take over.
     
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