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Definitions for COMMAND
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word COMMAND.
command, bid, bidding, dictationnoun
an authoritative direction or instruction to do something
a military unit or region under the control of a single officer
the power or authority to command
"an admiral in command"
availability for use
"the materials at the command of the potters grew"
a position of highest authority
"the corporation has just undergone a change in command"
command, control, masterynoun
great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity
"a good command of French"
instruction, command, statement, program lineverb
(computer science) a line of code written as part of a computer program
be in command of
"The general commanded a huge army"
make someone do something
demand as one's due
"This speaker commands a high fee"; "The author commands a fair hearing from his readers"
dominate, command, overlook, overtopverb
look down on
"The villa dominates the town"
exercise authoritative control or power over
"control the budget"; "Command the military forces"
An order, a compelling task given to an inferior or a machine.
I was given a command to cease shooting.
The right or authority to order, control or dispose of; the right to be obeyed or to compel obedience.
to have command of an army
power of control, direction or disposal; mastery.
A position of chief authority; a position involving the right or power to order or control.
General Smith was placed in command.
The act of commanding; exercise or authority of influence.
Command cannot be otherwise than savage, for it implies an appeal to force, should force be needful. (H. Spencer, Social Statics, p. 180)
A body or troops, or any naval or military force, under the control of a particular officer.
Dominating situation; range or control or oversight; extent of view or outlook.
A directive to a computer program acting as an interpreter of some kind, in order to perform a specific task.
The degree of control a pitcher has over his pitches.
He's got good command tonight.
To order, give orders; to compel or direct with authority.
To have or exercise supreme power, control or authority over, especially military; to have under direction or control.
to command an army or a ship
To require with authority; to demand, order, enjoin.
to dominate through ability, resources, position etc.; to overlook.
Bridges commanded by a fortified house. (Motley.)
To exact, compel or secure by my moral influence; to deserve, claim.
To hold, to control the use of
The fort commanded the bay.
Etymology: From comander (modern French commander), from *, from commendare, from com- + mandare, from mando. Compare commend, mandate.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
Take pity of your town and of your people,
While yet my soldiers are in my command. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.
With lightning fill her awful hand,
And make the clouds seem all at her command. Edmund Waller.
He assumed an absolute command over his readers. Dryden.
Those he commands move only in command,
Nothing in love. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Command and force may often create, but can never cure, an aversion; and whatever any one is brought to by compulsion, he will leave as soon as he can. John Locke, on Education.
Of this tree we may not taste nor touch;
God so commanded, and left that command
Sole daughter of his voice. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ix.
As there is no prohibition of it, so no command for it. Taylor.
The captain gives command, the joyful train
Glide through the gloomy shade, and leave the main. Dryd.
The steepy stand,
Which overlooks the vale with wide command. John Dryden, Æn.
Etymology: commander, Fr. mando, Latin.
Look, this feather,
Obeying with my wind when I do blow,
And yielding to another when it blows,
Commanded always by the greater gust;
Such is the lightness of you common men. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.
Christ could command legions of angels to his rescue. Decay of Piety.
Should he, who was thy lord, command thee now,
With a harsh voice, and supercilious brow,
To servile duties. John Dryden, Pers. Sat. 5.
My conscience bids me ask, wherefore you have
Commanded of me these most pois’nous compounds. William Shakespeare.
We will sacrifice to the Lord our God, as he shall command us. Ex. viii. 27.
If the strong cane support thy walking hand,
Chairmen no longer shall the wall command. John Gay, Trivia.
Up to the Eastern tower,
Whose height commands as subject all the vale,
To see the sight. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.
His eye might there command, wherever stood
City, of old or modern fame; the seat
Of mightiest empire. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi. l. 385.
One side commands a view of the finest garden in the world. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 101.
To have the supreme authority; to possess the chief power; to govern.
Those two commanding powers of the soul, the understanding or the will. Robert South, Sermons.
COMMAND.COM is the default command-line interpreter for MS-DOS, Windows 95-98, Windows 98SE and Windows Me. In the case of DOS, it is the default user interface as well. It has an additional role as the usual first program run after boot (init process), hence being responsible for setting up the system by running the AUTOEXEC.BAT configuration file, and being the ancestor of all processes. COMMAND.COM's successor on OS/2 and Windows NT systems is cmd.exe, although COMMAND.COM is available in virtual DOS machines on IA-32 versions of those operating systems as well. The COMMAND.COM filename was also used by Disk Control Program (DCP), an MS-DOS derivative by the former East German VEB Robotron.The compatible command processor under FreeDOS is sometimes also named FreeCom. COMMAND.COM is a DOS program. Programs launched from COMMAND.COM are DOS programs that use the DOS API to communicate with the disk operating system.
to order with authority; to lay injunction upon; to direct; to bid; to charge
to exercise direct authority over; to have control of; to have at one's disposal; to lead
to have within a sphere of control, influence, access, or vision; to dominate by position; to guard; to overlook
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
to direct to come; to bestow
to have or to exercise direct authority; to govern; to sway; to influence; to give an order or orders
to have a view, as from a superior position
an authoritative order requiring obedience; a mandate; an injunction
the possession or exercise of authority
authority; power or right of control; leadership; as, the forces under his command
power to dominate, command, or overlook by means of position; scope of vision; survey
control; power over something; sway; influence; as, to have command over one's temper or voice; the fort has command of the bridge
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
A command in military terminology is an organisational unit for which the individual in Military command is responsible. A Commander will normally be specifically appointed to the role in order to provide a legal framework for the authority bestowed. Naval and military officers have legal authority by virtue of their officer's commission, however the specific responsibilities and privileges of command are derived from the publication of appointment. The United States Department of Defense defines command as follows: 2. An order given by a commander; that is, the will of the commander expressed for the purpose of bringing about a particular action.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kom-mand′, v.t. to order: to bid: to exercise supreme authority over: (Shak.) to demand: to cause to act: (Shak.) to exact: to have within sight, influence, or control.—v.i. to have chief authority: to govern.—n. an order: authority: message: the ability to overlook or influence: the thing commanded.—ns. Commandant′, an officer who has the command of a place or of a body of troops, Commandant′ship.—v.t. Commandeer′, to compel to military service.—ns. Command′er, one who commands: an officer in the navy next in rank under a captain; Command′er-in-chief, the highest staff appointment in the British army: the officer in supreme command of an army, or of the entire forces of the state; Command′ership; Command′ery, the district under a commander, specially used in connection with the Templars, the Hospitallers, and other religious orders.—adj. Command′ing, fitted to impress or control.—adv. Command′ingly.—n. Command′ment, a command: a precept.—Commander of the Faithful, a title of the caliphs.—At Command, available for use; On command, under orders.—Ten Commandments, the ten Mosaic laws: (slang) the ten finger-nails, used by women in fighting. [Fr. commander—L. commendāre—com, and mandāre, to entrust.]
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms
1. The authority that a commander in the armed forces lawfully exercises over subordinates by virtue of rank or assignment. Command includes the authority and responsibility for effectively using available resources and for planning the employment of, organizing, directing, coordinating, and controlling military forces for the accomplishment of assigned missions. It also includes responsibility for health, welfare, morale, and discipline of assigned personnel. 2. An order given by a commander; that is, the will of the commander expressed for the purpose of bringing about a particular action. 3. A unit or units, an organization, or an area under the command of one individual. Also called CMD. See also area command; combatant command; combatant command (command authority).
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
The words of command are the terms used by officers in exercise or upon service. All commands belong to the senior officer. Also, in fortification, the height of the top of the parapet of a work above the level of the country, or above that of another work. Generally, one position is said to be commanded by another when it can be seen into from the latter.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
In fortification, the height of the top of a parapet above the ground or another work.
A body of troops, or any naval or military force or post, under the command of a particular officer. The word command, when applied to ground is synonymous with overlook; and any place thus commanded by heights within range of cannon is difficult to defend, if the enemy have been able to seize the heights.
The 62d Article of War (new, 122) states who shall command when different corps of the army happen to join or do duty together, but as the wording of this article has been interpreted differently by different officers, it is thought best to give a decision rendered by President Fillmore on October 25, 1851, in General Orders from the War Department. The 62d Article of War provides that “If upon marches, guards, or in quarters, different corps of the army shall happen to join, or to do duty together, the officer highest in rank of the line of the army, marine corps, or militia, by commission there, on duty, or in quarters, shall command the whole and give orders for what is needful to the service, unless otherwise specially directed by the President of the United States, according to the nature of the case.” The interpretation of this act has long been a subject of controversy. The difficulty arises from the vague and uncertain meaning of the words “line of the army,” which neither in the English service nor in our own have a well-defined and invariable meaning. By some they are understood to designate the regular army as distinguished from the militia; by others as meant to discriminate between officers by ordinary commissions and those by brevet; and finally, by others, to designate an officer not belonging to the staff.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'COMMAND' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2880
Rank popularity for the word 'COMMAND' in Nouns Frequency: #1092
Rank popularity for the word 'COMMAND' in Verbs Frequency: #750
The numerical value of COMMAND in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of COMMAND in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Examples of COMMAND in a Sentence
Task Force Dunkirk was kind of the command element, we were a bunch of older guys with a lot of connections and a lot of numbers in our phones who could call and break down barriers.
It is disruptive to their planning and command and control, these are high-value targets, senior leadership.
These aren't a few rogue officers doing what they wanted to do. The actions they took on the bridge deploying the bean bags were in full view of the chain of command, they were commonly accepted tactics.
The way to subject all things to thyself is to subject thyself to reason; thou shalt govern many if reason govern thee. Wouldst thou be a monarch of a little world, command thyself.
They need organisational, structural, command and inter-operational help. France is offering to do that.
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Translations for COMMAND
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- beveel, opdrag, bevel, gebodAfrikaans
- командвам, командване, владея, контролирам, заповед, заповядвам, нарежданеBulgarian
- manat, ordreCatalan, Valencian
- přikázat, ovládat, rozkaz, povel, nařídit, příkaz, rozkázatCzech
- befehlen, Kommando, kommandieren, beherrschen, BefehlGerman
- εντολή, διοίκησηGreek
- komandi, ordonoEsperanto
- mandato, ordenSpanish
- agindu, menBasque
- دستور, فرمان, تکاوری, اُردPersian
- käsky, hallita, hallinta, pitää, komento, komentaa, miehet, käskeäFinnish
- commande, commanderFrench
- òrdaich, òrdughScottish Gaelic
- mainshtyraght, smaghtManx
- հրաման, հրամայելArmenian
- comandare, comando, ordinare, padronanza, ordineItalian
- 명령, 命令Korean
- ēdictum, imperare, imperoLatin
- pavēlēt, pavēleLatvian
- opdracht, bevelen, bevel, commanderenDutch
- polecenie, komenda, rozkazPolish
- comandar, comando, mandar, ordemPortuguese
- ordona, stăpâni, controla, comandaRomanian
- приказывать, команда, командование, приказRussian
- komanda, zȁpovēd, команда, zȁpovijēd, naredbaSerbo-Croatian
- ఉంచుకొనుట, ఆజ్ఞాపించు, ఉత్తరువు, ఆనతి, ఆజ్ఞ, అదుపులో ఉంచుTelugu
- utos, kautusanTagalog
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