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word of command

Military

Definition of word of command in English:

1An order for a movement in a drill.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
1.1A prearranged spoken signal for the start of an operation.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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