from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A command; a mandate; an order or injunction given by authority; a charge; an authoritative precept.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Authority; command; power of commanding.
  • noun In old English law, the offense of instigating another to transgress the law.
  • noun The ten fingers.
  • noun The lines in an apple extending from the stem through the pulp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An order or injunction given by authority; a command; a charge; a precept; a mandate.
  • noun (Script.) One of the ten laws or precepts given by God to the Israelites at Mount Sinai.
  • noun The act of commanding; exercise of authority.
  • noun (Law) The offense of commanding or inducing another to violate the law.
  • noun the Decalogue, or summary of God's commands, given to Moses at Mount Sinai. (Ex. xx.)

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun something that is commanded
  • noun a doctrine that is taught


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