command-n; 6 Senses

Sense Number 1: a verbal order, authoritative instruction

Commentary: COMMAND[+action][+verbal][+instruction][+authoritative]

The officer gave the command to fire the missiles.
Mary's dog knows ten different commands.
Your wish is my command.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: a functional military unit

Commentary: COMMAND[+entity][+social][+group][+military][+unit]
NOTE: refers to individuals that comprise a group, not a state of authority (see Sense 3)

He was part of a command to do reconnaissance in western Afghanistan.
The colonel is greatly admired by the men in his command.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: playing an authoritative role, a state of control

Commentary: COMMAND[+relation][+role][+leadership] [+state][+social][+authority]

The general has half a million troops under his command.
The soldier was court-martialled for leaving his command post without permission. (he was in charge)
The request was sent up the whole chain of command inside the Labor Department.
The co-pilot took command of the aircraft from the pilot.
John is assuming command of daily operations in the manufacturing division of our firm.
Who is in command here?
The senator is trying to take command of the Democrats' political platform.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 5

Sense Number 4: mastery, skill, ability

Commentary: COMMAND[+quality][+skill][+mastery]

Mary has a good command of French.
These glassblowers display an amazing command of their medium.
The speaker didn't seem to have a command of his subject matter.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4, 6

Sense Number 5: a computer program instruction

Commentary: COMMAND[+entity][+symbolic][+instruction][+computer]

John forgot to include commands to open the input and output files in his C program.
You can execute this shell script from the command line.
Type your login and password at the command prompts.
This command will shut down the computer.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 7

Sense Number 6: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)