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.
- comma position,
- comma splice,
- commager, henry steele,
- command car,
- command economy,
- command guidance,
- command language,
- command module
Origin of command
Examples from the Web for uncommanded
Now, if the sea be uncommanded, there are obviously two ways in which an invasion may be attempted.
There was something strangely exasperating, as well as strangely wearying, in these uncommanded evolutions.Across the Plains|Robert Louis Stevenson
Or as an uncommanded significant ceremony, which hath in itself some forbidden matter or manner.A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4)|Richard Baxter
An invasion of Great Britain must always be an attempt over an uncommanded sea.
Nor did Napoleon even approach a solution of the problem he had set himself—invasion over an uncommanded sea.
- an invitation from the monarch
- (as modifier)a command performance
Word Origin for 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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with command
- command performance
- have a good command