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Meaning of commander by Wiktionary Dictionary

commander


    Etymology

    command +‎ -er

    Noun

    commander ( plural: commanders )

    1. One who exercises control and direction of a military or naval organization .
    2. A naval officer whose rank is above that of a lieutenant commander and below that of captain .
    3. One who exercises control and direction over a group of persons .
    4. A designation or rank in certain non-military organizations such as NASA and various police forces .
    5. ( obsolete ) The chief officer of a commandry .
    6. A heavy beetle or wooden mallet, used in paving, in sail lofts, etc .


Explanation of commander by Wordnet Dictionary

commander


    Noun
    1. an officer in the airforce

    2. someone in an official position of authority who can command or control others

    3. a commissioned naval officer who ranks above a lieutenant commander and below a captain

    4. an officer in command of a military unit



    Definition of commander by GCIDE Dictionary

    commander


    1. Commander n. [Cf. F. commandeur. Cf. Commodore, Commender.]
      1. A chief; one who has supreme authority; a leader; the chief officer of an army, or of any division of it.

      A leader and commander to the people. Is. lv. 4.

      2. ( Navy ) An officer who ranks next below a captain, -- ranking with a lieutenant colonel in the army.

      3. The chief officer of a commandery.

      4. A heavy beetle or wooden mallet, used in paving, in sail lofts, etc.

      Commander in chief, the military title of the officer who has supreme command of the land or naval forces or the united forces of a nation or state; a generalissimo. “commander in chief of the army and navy of the United States”.

      Syn. -- See Chief.