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

  • n. A command; an edict.
  • n. Bible One of the Ten Commandments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that must be obeyed; a command or edict.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An order or injunction given by authority; a command; a charge; a precept; a mandate.
  • n. One of the ten laws or precepts given by God to the Israelites at Mount Sinai.
  • n. The act of commanding; exercise of authority.
  • n. The offense of commanding or inducing another to violate the law.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A command; a mandate; an order or injunction given by authority; a charge; an authoritative precept.
  • n. Specifically Any one of the ten injunctions, engraved upon tables of stone, delivered to Moses on Mount Sinai, according to the account in Exodus. See decalogue.
  • n. Authority; command; power of commanding.
  • n. In old English law, the offense of instigating another to transgress the law.
  • n. The ten fingers.
  • n. The lines in an apple extending from the stem through the pulp.

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

  • n. something that is commanded
  • n. a doctrine that is taught


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