• "The commanding officer advanced towards the bier."
    "The commanding officer advanced towards the bier."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v command make someone do something
    • v command be in command of "The general commanded a huge army"
    • v command demand as one's due "This speaker commands a high fee","The author commands a fair hearing from his readers"
    • v command exercise authoritative control or power over "control the budget","Command the military forces"
    • v command look down on "The villa dominates the town"
    • n command availability for use "the materials at the command of the potters grew"
    • n command the power or authority to command "an admiral in command"
    • n command great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity "a good command of French"
    • n command (computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program
    • n command an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
    • n command a military unit or region under the control of a single officer
    • n command a position of highest authority "the corporation has just undergone a change in command"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Washington taking command of the Army Washington taking command of the Army

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Elephants have been known to learn up to 60 commands
    • Command A body of troops, or any naval or military force or post, or the whole territory under the authority or control of a particular officer.
    • Command An authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an injunction. "Awaiting what command their mighty chief
      Had to impose."
    • Command Authority; power or right of control; leadership; as, the forces under his command .
    • Command Control; power over something; sway; influence; as, to have command over one's temper or voice; the fort has command of the bridge. "He assumed an absolute command over his readers."
    • Command Power to dominate, command, or overlook by means of position; scope of vision; survey. "The steepy stand
      Which overlooks the vale with wide command ."
    • Command The possession or exercise of authority. "Command and force may often create, but can never cure, an aversion."
    • Command To direct to come; to bestow. "I will command my blessing upon you."
    • Command To exercise direct authority over; to have control of; to have at one's disposal; to lead. "Monmouth commanded the English auxiliaries.""Such aid as I can spare you shall command ."
    • Command To have a view, as from a superior position. "Far and wide his eye commands ."
    • Command To have or to exercise direct authority; to govern; to sway; to influence; to give an order or orders. "And reigned, commanding in his monarchy.""For the king had so commanded concerning [Haman]."
    • Command To have power or influence of the nature of authority over; to obtain as if by ordering; to receive as a due; to challenge; to claim; as, justice commands the respect and affections of the people; the best goods command the best price. "'Tis not in mortals to command success."
    • Command To have within a sphere of control, influence, access, or vision; to dominate by position; to guard; to overlook. "Bridges commanded by a fortified house.""Up to the eastern tower,
      Whose height commands as subject all the vale."
      "One side commands a view of the finest garden."
    • Command To order with authority; to lay injunction upon; to direct; to bid; to charge. "We are commanded to forgive our enemies, but you never read that we are commanded to forgive our friends.""Go to your mistress:
      Say, I command her come to me."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1796, Napoleon was only 26 years old when he took command of the French Army of Italy
    • command To order or direct with authority; give an order or orders to; require obedience of; lay injunction upon; order; charge: with a person as direct object.
    • command Specifically To have or to exercise supreme power or authority, especially military or naval authority, over; have under direction or control; determine the actions, use, or course of: as, to command an army or a ship.
    • command To require with authority; demand; order; enjoin: with a thing as direct object: as, he commanded silence.
    • command To have within the range of one's (its) power or within the sphere of influence; dominate through ability, resources, position, etc., often specifically through military power or position; hence, have within the range of the eye; overlook.
    • command To bestow by exercise of controlling power.
    • command To exact, compel, or secure by moral influence; challenge; claim: as, a good magistrate commands the respect and affections of the people.
    • command To have at one's disposal and service.
    • command To intrust; commit; commend. See commend.
    • command Synonyms To bid, govern, rule, control. See enjoin.
    • command To act as or have the authority of a commander.
    • command To exercise influence or power.
    • command To be in a superior or commanding position.
    • n command The right or authority to order, control, or dispose of; the right to be obeyed or to compel obedience: as, to have command of an army.
    • n command Possession of controlling authority, force, or capacity; power of control, direction, or disposal; mastery: as, he had command of the situation; England has long held command of the sea; a good command of language.
    • n command A position of chief authority; a position involving the right or power to order or control: as, General Smith was placed in command.
    • n command The act of commanding; exercise of authority or influence.
    • n command The thing commanded or ordered; a commandment; a mandate; an order; word of command.
    • n command A body of troops, or any naval or military force, under the control of a particular officer.
    • n command Dominating situation; range of control or oversight; hence, extent of view or outlook.
    • n command In fortification, the height of the top of a parapet above the plane of its site, or above another work.
    • n command Synonyms and Sway, rule, authority.
    • n command Injunction, charge, direction, behest, bidding, requisition.
    • n command In whist and bridge, the best card of a suit, usually of one which the adversaries are trying to establish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: George Washington who commanded the Continental Army as a four-star general was promoted posthumously to the position of six-star "General of the Armies of Congress" by an order of Jimmy Carter, who felt America's first President should also be America's highest military official.
    • v.t Command kom-mand′ to order: to bid: to exercise supreme authority over: :
    • v.i Command to have chief authority: to govern
    • n Command an order: authority: message: the ability to overlook or influence: the thing commanded
    • v.t Command kom-mand′ (Shak.) to demand: to cause to act
    • v.t Command kom-mand′ (Shak.) to exact: to have within sight, influence, or control
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  • Italo Calvino
    “It is not the voice that commands the story: it is the ear.”
  • William Penn
    “No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.”
  • Walt Whitman
    “Oh while I live, to be the ruler of life, not a slave, to meet life as a powerful conqueror, and nothing exterior to me will ever take command of me.”
  • St. Augustine
    “Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt.”
  • Victor Hugo
    “A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Self-command is the main discipline.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. comaunden, commanden, OF. comander, F. commander, fr. L. com-, + mandare, to commit to, to command. Cf. Commend Mandate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. commander—L. commendārecom, and mandāre, to entrust.


In literature:

This led to a personal attack upon the stalwart commander, and the Pacha was knocked into the mud in the street.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
I at once made a requisition on Colonel Alexander, commanding at Fort Ridgely, for troops.
"The History of Minnesota and Tales of the Frontier" by Charles E. Flandrau
The second in command, unable to seize the opportunity, gave no commands.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Mounting from any number, or no guns, if commanded by captains; those commanded by commanders were deemed sloops.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The officers in command were Commander Limpus, Lieutenants Richards, Wilde, and England.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
Marshal Villars commanded the French army.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
Collet was at present occupied by a company of fusiliers, commanded by Captain Cabrieres.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
Command defined.= In these regulations a =command= is the will of the commander expressed in the phraseology prescribed herein.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
General Ordonez, commanding the Spanish forces there, was defeated and fell back to Talcahuano.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Let us look at what are called by our Lord the least commandments, the 6th and 7th.
"The Seventh Day Sabbath, a Perpetual Sign" by Joseph Bates

In poetry:

"The Lady of the land,
My wife and Sovring dear,
It is by her horgust command
I wait upon you here.
"Lines On A Late Hospicious Ewent," by William Makepeace Thackeray
All rivers run into the sea,
Which spring from every land;
And thither they return again,
Obeying his command.
"A Hymn" by Susannah Hawkins
These sacred words impart
Our Maker's just commands;
The pity of his melting heart,
And vengeance of his hands.
"Hymn 120" by Isaac Watts
Ever his commands fulfilling,
Mourns his victor friend,
Fearing, with a heart unwilling,
To have known the end.
"Mon-Daw-Min" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
God of mercy, do thou never
From our offering turn away,
But command a blessing ever
On the memory of this day.
"Hymns for Ordination and Installation III" by John Pierpont
Jesus, to thy dear faithful hand
My naked soul I trust,
And my flesh waits for thy command
To drop into my dust.
"Hymn 28" by Isaac Watts

In news:

You can still do command-line work on PCs, of course, but typing commands remains a significant part of working with Linux.
I tried to use the tip Help for Command Prompt Commands.
Help for Command Prompt Commands.
The commander in chief is tired of commanding.
Karl O Thomas, the new commanding officer of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), delivers a speech at a change of command ceremony in the ship's hangar bay.
Cole Hayes, off-going commanding officer of afloat forward staging base USS Ponce (AFSB (I) 15), shakes hands with Adm. John C Harvey, Commander, US Fleet Forces Command.
The defenses against this 11th commandment are, on one hand, the fixed, eternal rules of religion and tradition, like the original 10 commandments .
If you don't believe this peasant was God, you must still face the fact that this peasant persuaded his listeners that the last six commandments of the old Ten Commandments was the commandment for a new age.
John Burke, commander of the Warren County, Ohio, drug task force and retired commander of the Cincinnati Police Pharmaceutical Diversion Squad, is a 40-year veteran of law enforcement.
Executing Commands To execute a command, the utility must navigate through a program's menu hierarchy and select the correct menu item.
It's easy to execute a command with the keyboard when you know the command's exact position.
When I run Windows PowerShell Invoke -Command on more than 32 remote servers, the command runs only on the first 32 servers and queues the others.
0Tracey Madsen is the legal advisor for the Commanding General and for the Installation Commander.
Tracey Madsen is the legal advisor for the Commanding General and for the Installation Commander.
Admiral James G Stavridis, USN, Commander, US Southern Command, will deliver the keynote address at commencement exercises on June 16 for the 213 members of the US Merchant Marine Academy's class of 2008.

In science:

The commands specify which reasoning tasks (with respect to the chosen formalism) have to be executed.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
Further, commands can refer to specified theories without the need to describe them more than once.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
An input file can contain several definitions and commands, even referring to different formalisms.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
The meaning of the different commands and definitions in the input file nixon can be explained as follows.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
QUIP requiring only one initial execution command.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks