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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Command  \Com*mand"\  (?;  61),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Commanded};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Commanding}.]  [OE.  comaunden  commanden,  OF 
  comander,  F.  commander,  fr  L.  com-  +  mandare  to  commit  to 
  to  command.  Cf  {Commend},  {Mandate}.] 
  1.  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.  --Bacon. 
 
  Go  to  your  mistress:  Say  I  command  her  come  to  me 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  exercise  direct  authority  over  to  have  control  of  to 
  have  at  one's  disposal;  to  lead. 
 
  Monmouth  commanded  the  English  auxiliaries. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  Such  aid  as  I  can  spare  you  shall  command.  --Shak. 
 
  3.  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.  --Motley. 
 
  Up  to  the  eastern  tower,  Whose  height  commands  as 
  subject  all  the  vale.  --Shak. 
 
  One  side  commands  a  view  of  the  finest  garden. 
  --Addison. 
 
  4.  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.  --Addison. 
 
  5.  To  direct  to  come  to  bestow.  [Obs.] 
 
  I  will  command  my  blessing  upon  you  --Lev.  xxv. 
  21. 
 
  Syn:  To  bid;  order  direct;  dictate;  charge;  govern;  rule 
  overlook. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Command  \Com*mand"\,  v.  i. 
  1.  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.  --Shak. 
 
  For  the  king  had  so  commanded  concerning  [Haman]. 
  --Esth.  iii. 
  2. 
 
  2.  To  have  a  view,  as  from  a  superior  position. 
 
  Far  and  wide  his  eye  commands.  --Milton. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Command  \Com*mand"\,  n. 
  1.  An  authoritative  order  requiring  obedience;  a  mandate;  an 
  injunction. 
 
  Awaiting  what  command  their  mighty  chief  Had  to 
  impose.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  The  possession  or  exercise  of  authority. 
 
  Command  and  force  may  often  create,  but  can  never 
  cure,  an  aversion.  --Locke. 
 
  3.  Authority;  power  or  right  of  control;  leadership;  as  the 
  forces  under  his  command. 
 
  4.  Power  to  dominate,  command,  or  overlook  by  means  of 
  position;  scope  of  vision;  survey. 
 
  The  steepy  stand  Which  overlooks  the  vale  with  wide 
  command.  --Dryden. 
 
  5.  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. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  6.  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. 
 
  {Word  of  command}  (Mil.),  a  word  or  phrase  of  definite  and 
  established  meaning,  used  in  directing  the  movements  of 
  soldiers;  as  {aim};  {fire};  {shoulder  arms},  etc 
 
  Syn:  Control;  sway;  power;  authority;  rule  dominion; 
  sovereignty;  mandate;  order  injunction;  charge;  behest. 
  See  {Direction}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  command 
  n  1:  an  authoritative  direction  or  instruction  to  do  something 
  [syn:  {bid},  {bidding},  {dictation}] 
  2:  a  military  unit  or  region  under  the  control  of  a  single 
  officer 
  3:  the  power  or  authority  to  command:  "an  admiral  in  command" 
  4:  availability  for  use  "the  materials  at  the  command  of  the 
  potters  grew" 
  5:  a  position  of  highest  authority;  "the  corporation  has  just 
  undergone  a  change  in  command" 
  6:  great  skillfulness  and  knowledge  of  some  subject  or 
  activity;  "a  good  command  of  French"  [syn:  {control},  {mastery}] 
  7:  (computer  science)  a  line  of  code  written  as  part  of  a 
  computer  program  [syn:  {instruction},  {statement},  {program 
  line}] 
  v  1:  be  in  command  of  "The  general  commanded  a  huge  army" 
  2:  make  someone  do  something  [syn:  {require},  {compel}] 
  3:  demand  as  one's  due:  "This  speaker  commands  a  high  fee"; 
  "The  author  commands  a  fair  hearing  from  his  readers" 
  4:  look  down  on  "The  villa  dominates  the  town"  [syn:  {dominate}, 
  {overlook},  {overtop}] 
  5:  exercise  authoritative  control  or  power  over  "control  the 
  budget";  "Command  the  military  forces"  [syn:  {control}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  command 
 
    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. 
 
  (1997-06-21) 
 
 




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