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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.
References in classic literature ?
"The General who is to command my armies must promise to carry out my orders.
He left in order not to obstruct the commander in chief's undivided control of the army, and hoping that more decisive action would then be taken, but the command of the armies became still more confused and enfeebled.
For God's sake send me somewhere else if only in command of a regiment.
Jones answered: "That he had not mentioned anything of enlisting himself; that he was most zealously attached to the glorious cause for which they were going to fight, and was very desirous of serving as a volunteer;" concluding with some compliments to the lieutenant, and expressing the great satisfaction he should have in being under his command.
"My third command to the Winged Monkeys," said Glinda, "shall be to carry you to your forest.
All you have to do is to knock the heels together three times and command the shoes to carry you wherever you wish to go."
Even when I took command, she was fit only for the junk pile; but the world-old parsimony of government retained her in active service, and sent two hundred men to sea in her, with myself, a mere boy, in command of her, to patrol thirty from Iceland to the Azores.
This change in service was most welcome to me, especially as it brought with it coveted responsibilities of sole command, and I was prone to overlook the deficiencies of the Coldwater in the natural pride I felt in my first ship.
Those who held the strong city of Mycenae, rich Corinth and Cleonae; Orneae, Araethyrea, and Licyon, where Adrastus reigned of old; Hyperesia, high Gonoessa, and Pellene; Aegium and all the coast-land round about Helice; these sent a hundred ships under the command of King Agamemnon, son of Atreus.
These were commanded by Nestor, knight of Gerene, and with him there came ninety ships.
One of the three, commanded by General Prideaux, was to embark on Lake Ontario and proceed to Montreal.
But the danger is much greater, when the ministers themselves are commanded to show their dexterity; for, by contending to excel themselves and their fellows, they strain so far that there is hardly one of them who has not received a fall, and some of them two or three.