What does commander mean?

Definitions for commander
kəˈmæn dər, -ˈmɑn-com·man·der

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word commander.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. commanding officer, commandant, commandernoun

    an officer in command of a military unit

  2. commandernoun

    someone in an official position of authority who can command or control others

  3. commandernoun

    a commissioned naval officer who ranks above a lieutenant commander and below a captain

  4. air force officer, commandernoun

    an officer in the airforce


  1. commandernoun

    One who exercises control and direction of a military or naval organization.

  2. commandernoun

    A naval officer whose rank is above that of a lieutenant commander and below that of captain.

  3. commandernoun

    One who exercises control and direction over a group of persons.

  4. commandernoun

    A designation or rank in certain non-military organizations such as NASA and various police forces.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Commandernoun

    Etymology: from command.

    We’ll do thee homage, and be rul’d by thee,
    Love thee as our commander and our king. William Shakespeare.

    I have given him for a leader and commander to the people. Is. lv. 4.

    The Romans, when commanders in war, spake to their army, and styled them, My soldiers. Francis Bacon, Apophthegms.

    Charles, Henry, and Francis of France, often adventured rather as soldiers than as commanders. John Hayward.

    Sir Phelim O’neil appeared as their commander in chief. Clar.

    Supreme commander both of sea and land. Edmund Waller.

    The heroick action of some great commander, enterprised for the common good, and honour of the Christian cause. John Dryden, Juvenal, Dedication.

    Their great commanders, by credit in their armies, fell into the scales as a counterpoise to the people. Jonathan Swift.

    The glossocomium, commonly called the commander, is of use in the most strong tough bodies, and where the laxation hath been of long continuance. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Commandernoun

    a chief; one who has supreme authority; a leader; the chief officer of an army, or of any division of it

  2. Commandernoun

    an officer who ranks next below a captain, -- ranking with a lieutenant colonel in the army

  3. Commandernoun

    the chief officer of a commandery

  4. Commandernoun

    a heavy beetle or wooden mallet, used in paving, in sail lofts, etc


  1. Commander

    Commander is a naval rank which is also sometimes used as a military title depending on the individual customs of a given military service. Commander is also used as a rank or title in some organizations outside of the armed forces, particularly in police and law enforcement.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. commander

    See concept of operations.

  2. commander

    An information requirement identified by the commander as being critical to facilitating timely decision-making. The two key elements are friendly force information requirements and priority intelligence requirements. Also called CCIR. See also information; information requirements; intelligence; priority intelligence requirement.

  3. commander

    In the context of the Joint Operation Planning and Execution System level 1 planning detail for contingency planning, a developed course of action. The product for this level can be a course of action briefing, command directive, commander

  4. commander

    A process of reasoning by which a commander considers all the circumstances affecting the military situation and arrives at a decision as to a course of action to be taken to accomplish the mission. A commander

  5. commander

    A concise expression of the purpose of the operation and the desired end state. It may also include the commander

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. commander

    An officer in the royal navy, commanding a ship of war of under twenty guns, a sloop of war, armed ship, or bomb-vessel. He was entitled master and commander, and ranked with a major of the army: now simply termed commander, and ranking with lieutenant-colonel, but junior of that rank. The act of the commander is binding upon the interests of all under him, and he is alone responsible for costs and damages: he may act erroneously, and abandon what might have turned out good prize to himself and crew.--Commander is also the name of a large wooden mallet used specially in the sail and rigging lofts, as anything of metal would injure the ropes or canvas.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'commander' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4545

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'commander' in Nouns Frequency: #1609

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of commander in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of commander in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of commander in a Sentence

  1. Sarah Palin:

    And it makes me realize more than ever it is now or never for the sake of America's finest that we have a commander-in-chief who will respect them.

  2. The Navy:

    The Commander, Navy Region Hawaii, has determined Temporary Lodging( TLA) is necessary for service members and their dependents, and civilians living in housing affected by the current water-related health or safety concerns.

  3. Public Safety Director Steven McCraw:

    The on-scene commander considered a barricaded subject and that there was time and there were no children at risk. Obviously, you know, based on the information we have, there were children in that classroom that were at risk, and it was, in fact, still an active shooter situation and not a barricaded subject.

  4. Masoumeh Ebtekar:

    They made a serious mistake... by taking this terrorist action against Commander Soleimani.

  5. Mac Thornberry:

    What the President and the DNI have said is that the President was not briefed, which to me is a very concerning statement, i don't know the credibility of the information because I have not been briefed, but anything with any hint of credibility that would endanger our service members, much less put a bounty on their lives, to me should have been briefed immediately to the commander-in-chief and a plan to deal with that situation.

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