Syn. See Chief.
(Com*mand"er*ship), n. The office of a commander.
(Com*mand"er*y) n.; pl. Commanderies [F. commanderie.]
1. The office or rank of a commander. [Obs.]
2. A district or a manor with lands and tenements appertaining thereto, under the control of a member
of an order of knights who was called a commander; called also a preceptory.
3. An assembly or lodge of Knights Templars (so called) among the Freemasons. [U. S.]
4. A district under the administration of a military commander or governor. [R.] Brougham.
1. Exercising authority; actually in command; as, a commanding officer.
2. Fitted to impress or control; as, a commanding look or presence.
3. Exalted; overlooking; having superior strategic advantages; as, a commanding position.
Syn. Authoritative; imperative; imperious.
(Com*mand"ing*ly), adv. In a commanding manner.
(Com*mand"ment) n. [OF. commandement, F. commandement.]
1. An order or injunction given by authority; a command; a charge; a precept; a mandate.
A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another.
John xiii. 34.
2. (Script.) One of the ten laws or precepts given by God to the Israelites at Mount Sinai.
3. The act of commanding; exercise of authority.
And therefore put I on the countenance
Of stern commandment.
4. (Law) The offense of commanding or inducing another to violate the law.
The Commandments, The Ten Commandments, the Decalogue, or summary of God's commands,
given to Moses at Mount Sinai. (Ex. xx.)