• WordNet 3.6
    • n commode a tall elegant chest of drawers
    • n commode a plumbing fixture for defecation and urination
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Urine from men?s public urinals was sold as a commodity in Ancient Rome. It was used as a dye and for making clothes hard
    • Commode A chest of drawers or a bureau.
    • Commode A kind of close stool.
    • Commode A kind of headdress formerly worn by ladies, raising the hair and fore part of the cap to a great height. "Or under high commodes , with looks erect."
    • Commode A movable sink or stand for a wash bowl, with closet.
    • Commode A night stand with a compartment for holding a chamber vessel.
    • Commode A piece of furniture, so named according to temporary fashion
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Coffee, as a world commodity, is second only to oil.
    • commode Accommodating; obliging.
    • n commode A large and high head-dress, mounted on a frame of wire, covered with silk, lace, bows of ribbon, etc., worn about the end of the seventeenth century and the beginning of the eighteenth.
    • n commode Any piece of furniture containing drawers and shelves for holding clothes, handy articles, tools, etc.
    • n commode A small piece of furniture containing a chamber-pot below and a drawer and shelf above, and conveniently arranged in a bedroom for necessary purposes.
    • n commode A night-stool.
    • n commode A procuress; a bawd.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Salt was once a very precious commodity, so much that many people were paid
    • n Commode a small sideboard: a large, high head-dress formerly worn by ladies: a box for holding a chamber utensil: a night-stool
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    “Advice is the only commodity on the market where the supply always exceeds the demand.”
  • Robert F. Kennedy
    “Moral courage is a more rare commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence.”
  • Aldo Leopold
    Aldo Leopold
    “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”
  • Ludwig Von Mises
    Ludwig Von Mises
    “Government is the only institution that can take a valuable commodity like paper, and make it worthless by applying ink.”
  • John D. Rockefeller
    “The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.”
  • Mark Twain
    “A wise man does not waste so good a commodity as lying for naught.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. commode, fr. commode, convenient, L. commodus,; com-, + modus, measure, mode. See Mode
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. commoduscom, with, modus, measure.


In literature:

A note made payable in some commodity is not negotiable.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
Almost all the commodities of Europe are distributed through Spanish America by a sort of pedlars, or merchants who travel on foot.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 11" by Robert Kerr
A poor people, destitute of wealth or of exchangeable commodities, have nothing to purchase foreign fabrics with.
"American Eloquence, Volume IV. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various
It is probable this island may afford many rich commodities, and the natives may be easily brought to commerce.
"A Voyage to New Holland" by William Dampier
Sometimes they go to Batavia and fetch European commodities, rice, etc.
"A Continuation of a Voyage to New Holland" by William Dampier
If a commodity is raised by authority above what it will yield with a profit to the buyer, that commodity will be the less dealt in.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Cereals are not a net export and are far more than balanced by imports of the same commodities.
"The Economic Consequences of the Peace" by John Maynard Keynes
Money is a measure, not of commodities, but of states of mind.
"Humanly Speaking" by Samuel McChord Crothers
I give up to no one in a want of that commodity.
"The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
In the country districts justice was not a commodity intended for the Britisher.
"The Transvaal from Within" by J. P. Fitzpatrick
They are employed in the production, preparation, and distribution of commodities.
"Essays on Education and Kindred Subjects" by Herbert Spencer
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
As commodities, the precious metals are subject to the same laws as other commodities.
"Socialism" by John Spargo
The product is bartered on the spot to the Chinese ambulant traders for other commodities.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
He agreed to obtain the necessary provisions, and to arrange for a fair exchange of commodities.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
The South raises it; the North, with its many mills, transforms the raw product into a finished commodity.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
This was really remarkable, for time with Girard was a very precious commodity.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
Demand for commodities stimulates and regulates the machinery of production.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
Paper and ink were common enough commodities surely.
"Paul and the Printing Press" by Sara Ware Bassett
The mineral commodities are treated as units and by group uses.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith

In poetry:

"I am solid for Protection: but my creed I won't abuse
By mean tricks to shift the duty from commodities you use:
Nor shall I denounce with loathing Socialists' experiments
While I howl for State assistance for my own constituents.
"The Candid Candidate" by C J Dennis
To the landsman at home or the sailor at sea,
With nausea, scurvy, or canker maybe,
'Tis never in language to over exalt
The potent preservative virtue of salt--
A crystal commodity wholesome and good,
A cure for disease, and a savor for food.
"The Salt of the Earth" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Position Limits in Commodities Requested by Development Group.
N o longer a basic commodity, the pillow today is practically a precision instrument.
Promotions, efficiencies to offset commodities costs.
Potash Export Grip Challenged in China's Bond Deal: Commodities.
Imported vehicles are the Port of Hueneme's highest-value commodity.
Precious metal futures prices rose sharply on the Commodity Exchange in New York yesterday.
Precious metal futures prices rose sharply on the Commodity Exchange in New York yesterday.
From the miniature to the monumental — not to mention a commode — ' Princely Treasures' are unveiled at Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
The 6-foot-5 senior was a hot commodity among college recruiters.
Commodity Axis introduces the ViaAqua Quartz Heater.
Water is increasingly a precious commodity -- have you looked at your water bill lately.
Traer, Iowa The fundraising campaign for the Traer Swimming Pool renovation project, which has surpassed $100,000 in gifts and pledges, is reaching out to farmers with a special commodities gift program.
If you've eaten fish, gone for a boat ride or even taken a drink from the tap, you know clean water is a valuable commodity.
Spectra Energy 3rd-Quarter Net Down 30% Amid Lower Commodity Prices.
In Split Vote, Agency Limits Commodity Speculation.

In science:

And like these predecessors, commodity clusters present opportunity for future research and advanced development in programming tools and resource management software to enhance their applicability, availability, scalability, and usability.
Cluster Computing White Paper
The software components that comprise the environment of a commodity cluster may be described in two major categories: programming tools and resource management system software.
Cluster Computing White Paper
Commodity clusters, because of their superior priceperformance advantage for a wide range of problems, are now undergoing severe pressure to address the same problems confronted by their predecessors.
Cluster Computing White Paper
While the message-passing model in general and MPI in particular dominate parallel programming of commodity clusters, other models and strategies are possible and may prove superior in the long run.
Cluster Computing White Paper
Many interesting and complex issues are involved in the creation and utilization of commodity clusters and system administration drives much of these issues.
Cluster Computing White Paper
Cluster computing for applications scientists is changing dramatically with the advent of commodity high performance processors, low-latency/high bandwidth networks and software infrastructure and development tools to facilitate the use of the cluster.
Cluster Computing White Paper
The performance of an individual processor used in a high-end personal workstation rivals that of a processor in a high-end supercomputer, such as an SGI Origin and the performance of the commodity processors is improving rapidly.
Cluster Computing White Paper
Both Superclusters have a similar type of configuration with a common filesystem available from a fileserver to the compute nodes across the commodity Ethernet, differing primarily in the speed of the link from the file server to the switch and the file sharing software.
Cluster Computing White Paper
This industry is currently experimenting with commodity cluster systems to solve the problem of meeting their ultra-high reliability and real-time response constraints while reducing costs.
Cluster Computing White Paper
In addition, there are no local disks and access to the node is limited to the interconnect, which may be custom or commodity (e.g.
Cluster Computing White Paper
The two most important avenues for hardware are being investigated, large clusters of fast, cheap commodity hardware such as Pentium servers, and more tightly integrated purpose built equipment.
Summary: Working Group on QCD and Strong Interactions
Our third class of networks is technological networks, man-made networks designed typically for distribution of some commodity or resource, such as electricity or information.
The structure and function of complex networks
The computer times of the SLN and PIMC simulations shown in Fig. 2 are comparable; they vary between 40 h and 210 h on a commodity CPU (Athlon, 1200 MHz).
Simulating spin-boson dynamics with stochastic Liouville-von Neumann equations
In 2001 Mujunen and Ritakari from Metshovi Observatory presented their plan for a disk-based VLBI recording system totally built from commodity PC computer parts.
A Review of VLBI Instrumentation
With cost savings and graphics performance driven by the consumer markets for computer games1 and home theatre,2 it has become feasible to produce affordable advanced image displays such as high-resolution tiled displays, stereoscopic 3D pro jection and digital domes, with commodity or ‘off-the-shelf ’ components.
Future Directions in Astronomy Visualisation