• "The commanding officer advanced towards the bier."
    "The commanding officer advanced towards the bier."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n commander an officer in the airforce
    • n commander someone in an official position of authority who can command or control others
    • n commander a commissioned naval officer who ranks above a lieutenant commander and below a captain
    • n commander an officer in command of a military unit
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Washington taking command of the Army Washington taking command of the Army

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Richard Henry and Francis Lightfoot Lee are the only brothers who signed the Declaration of Independence. Their cousin, Henry Lee, was a famous Revolutionary War commander and the father of General Robert E. Lee.
    • Commander A chief; one who has supreme authority; a leader; the chief officer of an army, or of any division of it. "A leader and commander to the people."
    • Commander A heavy beetle or wooden mallet, used in paving, in sail lofts, etc.
    • Commander (Navy) An officer who ranks next below a captain, -- ranking with a lieutenant colonel in the army.
    • Commander The chief officer of a commandery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Police dogs are trained to react to commands in a foreign language; commonly German but more recently Hungarian.
    • n commander One who has the authority or power to command or order; especially, a military leader; the chief officer of an army or of any division of it.
    • n commander Hence One who has control, in any sense.
    • n commander Specifically In the British and United States navies, an officer next in rank below a captain and above a lieutenant or a lieutenant-commander. He may command a vessel of the third or fourth class, or may be employed as chief of staff to a commodore on duty under a bureau, as aid to a flag-officer, etc. In the navy of the United Stales the commander ranks with a lieutenant-colonel in the army. Often, as a title, abbreviated Com.
    • n commander The chief officer of a commandery in the medieval orders of Knights Hospitallers, Templars, etc. See commandery, 2 .
    • n commander A similar officer in certain secret orders, as in the American order of Knights Templars.
    • n commander A member of a higher class in a modern honorary order. Where there are five classes, the commanders are the third in dignity; where there are three, they are generally the second: as, a commander of the Bath.
    • n commander A heavy beetle or wooden mallet used in paving, or by sailmakers and riggers.
    • n commander In surgery, a box or cradle for incasing an injured limb.
    • n commander In hat-making, a string which is pressed down over a conical hat while it is on the block, to bring it to the required cylindrical form.
    • n commander In medieval fortification, same as cavalier, 5.
    • n commander A member of the highest class, or one of the highest classes, of some modern honorary orders. See order. Synonyms Leader, Head, etc. See chief.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Mr. Spock was second in command of the Starship Enterprise.
    • ns Commander one who commands: an officer in the navy next in rank under a captain
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  • Italo Calvino
    “It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.”
  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “The mind, ever the willing servant, will respond to boldness, for boldness, in effect, is a command to deliver mental resources.”
  • Curtis Carlson
    Curtis Carlson
    “Only as long as a company can produce a desired, worthwhile, and needed product or service, and can command the public, will it receive the public dollar and succeed”
  • St. John Chrysosatom
    St. John Chrysosatom
    “Charity is the scope of all God's commands.”
  • Dwight L. Moody
    “Never think that Jesus commanded a trifle, nor dare to trifle with anything He has commanded.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. commandeur,. Cf. Commodore Commender
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. commander—L. commendārecom, and mandāre, to entrust.


In literature:

No captain could be certain of his command or crew.
"The Pirates' Who's Who" by Philip Gosse
They bade him clothe himself, that he might hear the commands of the Senate.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Third Battalion in support at La Voie du Chatel, which is also the post command of the 6th Marines.
"Winning a Cause" by John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
Raleigh sent out an expedition of two ships under the command of Philip Amidas and Arthur Barlow.
"The Land We Live In" by Henry Mann
While Cartier roams exploring, Beaupre commands Bourg Royal.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
The French major took the command of one party, and asked Terence to take command of the other.
"Under Wellington's Command" by G. A. Henty
The new Commanding Officer, Major R. Bellamy, D.S.O., came from the Royal Sussex Regiment and assumed command early in August.
"The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry" by G. K. Rose
You only have to command us.
"On the Heels of De Wet" by The Intelligence Officer
He had just been relieved from his cavalry command, and was on his way to General Reynolds to take command of a brigade of infantry.
"The Citizen-Soldier" by John Beatty
The Major commanding the first battalion has been in command until they sent this old noble down here yesterday.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
During the afternoon of October 16th, a reconnaissance was made by the Commanding Officer, Second-in-Command, and Company Commanders.
"The Sherwood Foresters in the Great War 1914 - 1919" by W.C.C. Weetman
In 1947, for example, the Tactical Air Command contained some 5,000 black airmen, close to 28 percent of the command's strength.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
They were ascending the slope, and still as they went the Commandant's voice was questioning him.
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
One day when it seemed as if there would be trouble at any moment, the fearless commander did not even shift his lodging to the fort.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
And I have seen no Commandant, and no motor ambulances and no wharf.
"A Journal of Impressions in Belgium" by May Sinclair
This house commanded a view over many miles of the Potomac, and the opposite shore of Maryland.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
Lee was confused, but, breaking in upon him, the commander ordered him to the rear, while he took command.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
E. Johnston, but Jackson remained as a subordinate commander.
"From Bull Run to Appomattox" by Luther W. Hopkins
This commandment, then, did not, even on the surface, confine itself to visible actions as did the preceding commandments.
"Weighed and Wanting" by Dwight Moody
From around one corner of the house came a man of commanding stature and remarkable appearance.
"The Young Continentals at Bunker Hill" by John T. McIntyre

In poetry:

'Tis a gift from God's own hand.
On its pure unsullied page
Let us write at his command
What will bless our pilgrimage.
"Daybreak" by Nancy Rebecca Campbell Glass
Now the holy words are spoken,
At the young Dessau's command.
He wedded the lily maiden,
And he gave her his left hand.
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke
Impure, though they may plunge
Into the morning's springs,
And spirit-dulled, though they
Command the heaven's heights.
"Vultures" by Padraic Colum
But thou hast answer I am I;
My passion hallows, bids command:
And she is gracious, she is nigh:
One motion of the hand!
"The Last Contention" by George Meredith
Through wat'ry deeps, and fiery ways,
We march at thy command;
Led to possess the promised place
By thine unerring hand.
"Psalm 66 part 1" by Isaac Watts
As down the row, I slowly walked,
First came proud Majesty;
Love shone in all her queenly looks,
Command was in her eye.
"A Stroll Down Quality Row" by James Avis Bartley

In news:

The BearCat is about two times smaller than the BEAR, ballistic engineered armored response vehicle, but may have better maneuverability in suburban environments, said Lt Dan Schoonmaker, West County SWAT commander.
Just type in commands and watch our mailburro work — or not.
The show follows a hypnotherapist and a group of scientists and takes a look at whether or not we are truly in command of of our own minds.
Breakiron Deputy Director of Policy and Resources 7th Signal Command Army Department.
Gen Phillip Churn, commanding general of Task Force Titan, shows Brig .
Gen Greg Otey, director, Commander International Security Assistance Force Liaison to the US Embassy, the cell-door system at the Detention Facility in Parwan during a tour, Oct 30, 2012.
Gen Baker was the vice commander of the 5th Air Force of the United States.
Gen Abel Barrientes is the mobilization assistant to the director of operations, in the US Pacific Command (USPACOM).
Gen Kevin J Nally Director for Command, Control, Communications and Computers and Deputy CIO US Marine Corps.
Gen LaWarren V Patterson, the commanding general of the 7th Signal Command (Theater) at Fort Gordon, was selected for promotion recently to major general by the US Senate.
(Host) The Vermont National Guard's 2nd in command will be among the 1500 guard soldiers headed to Afghanistan in the New Year.
Officials with the Colorado-based North American Aerospace Defense Command are holding exercise flights in.
Thousands raised to fly 2 Afghan dogs to U.S. Kingsport native takes command of 278th.
The National Commander's Advisory Committee is meeting with National Commander Jimmie Foster in Indianapolis today.
Douglas Fraser, left, hugs the new Southern Command commander, Gen John F Kelly, Monay, Nov.19, 2012 in Miami.

In science:

Since we proved this before, we use the command apply(simp only: extends1) to reuse our previous result, completing the proof.
Every Computably Enumerable Random Real Is Provably Computably Enumerable Random
They receive commands through Remote Procedure Call (RPC) and reflective memory, which is also used to report back the antenna status.
The eSMA: description and first results
The implementation of the full interface command-set is ongoing as of summer 2008.
The eSMA: description and first results
RAM banks internal to the FPGA buffer the digitized values while the data is being dumped into the USB data stream. A basic software tool was developed to send commands to the FPGA and record PRO1 data via the USB 2.0 interface.
The PRO1 ASIC for Fast Wilkinson Encoding
The starting point of the Fourier method is to assume that the optical system (phase propagation, WFS measurements, DMs commands) is linear and spatially shift-invariant.
Tomographic reconstruction for Wide Field Adaptive Optics systems: Fourier domain analysis and fundamental limitations
This argument is sent to the slave upon opening of the link as an initialization command.
A Simple Way to Distribute Mathematica Evaluations
Also, if the function has a very lengthy definition one might want to place it in a file and load that via the initialization command, e.g.
A Simple Way to Distribute Mathematica Evaluations
RemoteMath[host , opt ] := remotestring defines remotestring as the command for invoking a remote Mathematica Kernel on host .
A Simple Way to Distribute Mathematica Evaluations
This is an ssh command which starts a remote login shell that executes, with nice 19, MathKernel on MacOS and math on other systems.
A Simple Way to Distribute Mathematica Evaluations
If the Mathematica Kernel executable cannot be started using this command because it is not on the PATH, we recommend adding the appropriate directories to the PATH on the remote system rather than modifying the RemoteMath definition.
A Simple Way to Distribute Mathematica Evaluations
If remote access other than by ssh is required, one needs to redefine the RemoteMath function, which encodes the command string used to execute remote Mathematica Kernels (see Sect. 3.5).
A Simple Way to Distribute Mathematica Evaluations
In a recent Letter, Sakai, et al. performed a numerical study of the Hubbard model on a square lattice in attempt to command a clear view of a doped Mott insulator.
Doublon-Holon binding in a half-filled band
Using the command PermutationRepresentation(AutG), Magma produces a faithful permutation representation P A of A of degree 3510.
Simultaneous Constructions of the Sporadic Groups Co_2 and Fi_{22}
Applying the MAGMA command DegreeReduction(pE) we obtained the faithful permutation representation P E of degree 1518.
Construction of Fischer's sporadic group Fi'_{24} inside GL_{8671}(13)
This statement has been verified by means of the MAGMA command CosetAction(A_1,U).
Construction of Fischer's sporadic group Fi'_{24} inside GL_{8671}(13)