Commanding Feature

Commanding Feature

 

an elevation, such as a mountain or a hill, that towers over the surrounding locality.

Commanding features are determined from the map or by sight and marked on the map with bolder type. Control of a commanding feature ensures better conditions for combat operations and for observation of the terrain, one’s own troops, and enemy troops.

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The housekeeper felt a little appalled, when, after cloaks, coats, shawls, and socks had been taken off in succession, the large black hood was removed, and the dark ringlets, shining like the raven’s wing, fell from her head, and left the sweet but commanding features of the young lady exposed to view.
The contemporary home was built 10 years ago to the specification of the current owners' wishes, and it's no surprise that the view was the commanding feature that informed the eventual design.
Choose your favourite of these shades and go all out on a commanding feature wall.
Island culture is a commanding feature of Atlantic Canada.
But bleary as my eyes were, they were totally absorbed by the majesty of Cape Town's commanding feature. The granite cliffs just towered over the vast city below it.
The talented 25-year-old director, wbo was prized last year at Cannes for his short "A Very Very Silent Film," nevertheless makes a commanding feature debut that should earn him the attention of festivals and maybe a few specialized slots.
From the terraces, attention is drawn to a large bubbling urn, the spa's commanding feature. It's also a deliberate "casual edge" in a project that mixes extemporaneous and elegant.
One of the commanding features of the house is the staircase - something you would imagine sweeping down in a ball gown.
While the decoration of the gate includes rosettes and linear borders of bricks in alternating colours against a predominating blue background, the commanding features are the reliefs which are in the form of bulls and dragons.
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