Origin of commanding
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- an order in prescribed words, usually given in a loud voice to troops at close-order drill: The command was “Right shoulder arms!”
- the order of execution or the second part of any two-part close-order drill command, as face in Right face!
- (initial capital letter)a principal component of the U.S. Air Force: Strategic Air Command.
- a body of troops or a station, ship, etc., under a commander.
- an electric impulse, signal, or set of signals for initiating an operation in a computer.
- a character, symbol, or item of information for instructing a computer to perform a specific task.
- a single instruction.
Origin of command
Synonyms for command
Antonyms for command
Related Words for commandingdominant, impressive, imposing, assertive, forceful, compelling, decisive, lofty, arresting, controlling, striking, advantageous, autocratic, bossy, dictatorial, imperious, peremptory
Examples from the Web for commanding
Contemporary Examples of commanding
This is both an outstanding work of scholarship and a commanding visual document.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
As his later wartime record would show, Jackson was extremely competent in the many skills required of a commanding general.Stonewall Jackson, VMI’s Most Embattled Professor
S. C. Gwynne
November 29, 2014
Early polling shows her with a commanding—if not outright prohibitive—lead among Democratic voters.Obama’s 2008 Backers: We’re Ready for Warren
October 9, 2014
At one point the commanding general, General Throckmorton, was told that there was gunfire raking a street.Missouri Governor Jay Nixon Shows Us How Not to Govern
August 19, 2014
Scourges, he says, “are killers who act, momentarily, as agents freed from sacred order and its commanding truths.”The Real Nightmare of Ferguson
August 15, 2014
Historical Examples of commanding
A God-in-Chief was therefore created, like the commanding general of an army.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
This was the commanding verdict of the people, and it will not be unheeded.
The view from the summit of the hill is commanding and beautiful, but its grape is unique.
It was that of Demosthenes, concise, energetic, and commanding.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
His was a commanding physique, hard as the grim plains from which he wrested his living.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
adjective (usually prenominal)
- an invitation from the monarch
- (as modifier)a command performance
Word Origin for command
late 15c. (in astronomy), present participle adjective from command (v.). Meaning "nobly dignified" is from 1590s. Meaning "dominant by virtue of size or position" is from 1630s. Related: Commandingly (mid-15c.).
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with command
- command performance
- have a good command