- commander in chief,
- commander islands,
- commanding officer,
- commandments, ten
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
Examples from the Web for commanding
This is both an outstanding work of scholarship and a commanding visual document.
As his later wartime record would show, Jackson was extremely competent in the many skills required of a commanding general.
Early polling shows her with a commanding—if not outright prohibitive—lead among Democratic voters.
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|Eleanor Clift|August 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Scourges, he says, “are killers who act, momentarily, as agents freed from sacred order and its commanding truths.”
Like all men of commanding sense and character, he was exacting.Throckmorton|Molly Elliot Seawell
I was not thinking of commanding the flanking party myself, sir.A Victorious Union|Oliver Optic
But it is of far more importance that you learn to command yourself, than that you should be raised higher in commanding others.Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume 6|John Gibson Lockhart
Only the commanding officer leaned out of his window to chuckle at me.A Woman's Impression of the Philippines|Mary H. (Mary Helen) Fee
His combined features were commanding and prepossessing, his physiognomy indicating a gigantic intellect.Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution|L. Carroll Judson
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