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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having command; controlling.
  • adj. Dominating, as by magnitude or position: took a commanding lead at the polls; a commanding view of the ocean.

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  • v. Present participle of to command.
  • adj. tending to give commands, authoritarian
  • adj. impressively dominant

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Exercising authority; actually in command.
  • adj. Fitted to impress or control.
  • adj. Exalted; overlooking; having superior strategic advantages.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Directing with authority; invested with authority; governing; bearing rule; exercising authority: as, a commanding officer.
  • Of great or controlling importance; powerful; paramount: as, commanding influence.
  • Dominating; overlooking a wide region without obstruction: as, a commanding eminence.
  • Pertaining to or characteristic of a commander, or of one born or fitted to command; characterized by great dignity; compelling respect, deference, obedience, etc.: as, a man of commanding address; commanding eloquence.
  • Imperious; domineering.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. used of a height or viewpoint

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