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command

Computing a word or phrase that can be selected from a menu or typed after a prompt in order to carry out an action

Command

 

(1) A temporary or permanent troop organization (team) with 3 or more men, designated to perform particular services or other duties.

(2) An order of the commander (senior man) expressed in concise form precisely as defined by the military regulations and manuals. A command is subdivided into the cautionary and executory parts. In the command “Squad, to the attack—forward!” the first words are cautionary and the last word, “forward,” is the executory part. Commands may also consist of nothing but the executory part, such as “Attention” and “At ease.”

command

[kə′mand]
(computer science)
A signal that initiates a predetermined type of computer operation that is defined by an instruction.
(control systems)
An independent signal in a feedback control system, from which the dependent signals are controlled in a predetermined manner.

command

(operating system)
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.

command

(1) (noun) An instruction for the computer. See command-driven and command line.

(2) (verb) To direct the computer to perform an operation by typing in an instruction (a command) or by selecting an icon or an option in a menu. See menu-driven.
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You sit there," he commanded, "it's reserved for members of the bar, but it's all right.
These led them to execute every diabolical scheme; and, on the fifteenth day of August, commanded a party of Indians and Canadians, of about five hundred in number, against Briant's station, five miles from Lexington.
This moment came, but although all other unmasked; the secret knight still refused to allow his features to be seen, till at last the Queen driven by curiosity, and vexed at the obstinate refusal; commanded him to open his Vizier.
Then Dingaan called to those who do the king's bidding, and, pointing to the two nobles, his councillors, who had heard the words of Zinita, commanded that they should be killed.
Very often the chief ministers themselves are commanded to show their skill, and to convince the emperor that they have not lost their faculty.
So he sent him royal robes and costly jewels, and commanded him to come to the palace to be married to the Princess.
Every one commended the stratagem; and the Emperor commanded the Abyssin to restore all the presents he had received, and delivered them with many more to Peter Leon.
The farmer followed him with his eyes, and when he saw that he had cleared the wood and was no longer in sight, he turned to his boy Andres, and said, "Come here, my son, I want to pay you what I owe you, as that undoer of wrongs has commanded me.
One of the three, commanded by General Prideaux, was to embark on Lake Ontario and proceed to Montreal.
He commanded a big London ship, fairly well known in her day.

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