One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An order for a movement in a drill.
- ‘On hearing the last syllable of the word of command, the recruit shall execute the intended motion lively and smartly.’
- ‘The quick and accurate reaction of soldiers to the word of Command is instilled through the incessant and repetitive practice of battle drills and routines.’
- ‘In squads they learnt how to obey orders instinctively, and to react to a single word of command, by coping with a torrent of abuse from the drill sergeants.’
- 1.1 A prearranged spoken signal for the start of an operation.
- ‘And with that simple word of command, the wind ceased and the waves died down.’
- ‘And suddenly, without anyone appearing to have given a word of command, it stopped, beasts were unloaded, tents were pitched, fires lit, water set to boil and herds taken off to forage.’
- ‘She pulled Jason out of the way and stated one word of command at the door, which rebuilt itself.’
- ‘He spoke a word of command, and the other troll dropped to the ground as well, and now there remained only the one with the crude sword.’
- ‘The other man yells out a word of command, and all of a sudden, the blue sparkles disappear, and the dagger is flying straight towards my heart with nothing to interfere with it.’
- ‘Ashe murmured a word of command, and a shining blade of ghostly blue force sprung from her hand, and the fire that formerly resided in her hand left it and began floating in the air near her.’
- ‘The officer raised me to a sitting posture, as he uttered a word of command; then several men placed me upon a horse.’
- ‘With a sharp word of command the book snapped shut and flew into his waiting claws like a loyal pet to its master.’
- ‘On the the words of command, the firing party raised their rifles into the air, unleashing three volleys into the grey canopy of cloud hanging above the cemetery.’
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