[kuh-mand, -mahnd] /kəˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd/
verb (used with object)
to direct with specific authority or prerogative; order:
The captain commanded his men to attack.
to require authoritatively; demand:
She commanded silence.
to have or exercise authority or control over; be master of; have at one’s bidding or disposal:
The Pharaoh commanded 10,000 slaves.
to deserve and receive (respect, sympathy, attention, etc.):
He commands much respect for his attitude.
to dominate by reason of location; overlook:
The hill commands the sea.
to have authority over and responsibility for (a military or naval unit or installation); be in charge of.
verb (used without object)
to issue an order or orders.
to be in charge; have authority.
to occupy a dominating position; look down upon or over a body of water, region, etc.
the act of commanding or ordering.
an order given by one in authority:
The colonel gave the command to attack.
the possession or exercise of controlling authority:
a lieutenant in command of a platoon.
He has a command of French, Russian, and German.
British. a royal order.
power of dominating a region by reason of location; extent of view or outlook:
the command of the valley from the hill.
of, relating to, or for use in the exercise of command:
a command car; command post.
of or relating to a :
a command decision.
ordered by a sovereign, as if by a sovereign, or by the exigencies of a situation:
a command performance.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to order, require, or compel
to have or be in control or authority over (a person, situation, etc)
(transitive) to have knowledge or use of: he commands the language
(transitive) to receive as due or because of merit: his nature commands respect
to dominate (a view, etc) as from a height
an order; mandate
the act of commanding
the power or right to command
the exercise of the power to command
ability or knowledge; control: a command of French
(mainly military) the jurisdiction of a commander
a military unit or units commanding a specific area or function, as in the RAF
(computing) a word or phrase that can be selected from a menu or typed after a prompt in order to carry out an action
any of the three main branches of the Canadian military forces: Air Command
c.1300, from Old French comander “to order, enjoin, entrust” (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *commandare, from Latin commendare “to recommend, entrust to” (see commend), altered by influence of Latin mandare “to commit, entrust” (see mandate (n.)). Replaced Old English bebeodan. Related: Commanded; commanding.
c.1400, “order, command,” from Old French comand (14c.), from comander (see command (v.)). Meaning “control, authority” is from mid-15c.
A character string which tells a program to perform a specific action. Most commands take arguments which either modify the action performed or supply it with input. Commands may be typed by the user or read from a file by a command interpreter. It is also common to refer to menu items as commands.
In addition to the idiom beginning with command
[kuh-mand, -mahnd] /kəˈmænd, -ˈmɑnd/ verb (used with object) 1. to direct with specific authority or prerogative; order: The captain commanded his men to attack. 2. to require authoritatively; demand: She commanded silence. 3. to have or exercise authority or control over; be master of; have at one’s bidding or disposal: The Pharaoh commanded 10,000 slaves. […]
[kom-uh n-dant, -dahnt, kom-uh n-dant, -dahnt] /ˌkɒm ənˈdænt, -ˈdɑnt, ˈkɒm ənˌdænt, -ˌdɑnt/ noun 1. the of a place, group, etc.: the commandant of a naval base. 2. the title of the senior officer and head of the U.S. Marine Corps. 3. U.S. Army. a title generally given to the heads of military schools. 4. a […]
noun, Military. 1. a vehicle for use by a commander and staff.
[kuh-mand-driv-uh n] /kəˈmændˌdrɪv ən/ adjective, Computers. 1. pertaining to or denoting a software program whose instructions to perform specified tasks are issued by the user as typed commands in predetermined syntax (contrasted with ).
- Command control processor
operating system (CCP) CP/M’s command-line interpreter. (2001-11-01)