commanding: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ku-man'ding, -män'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. being in command: a commanding officer.
  2. appreciably superior or imposing; winning; sizable: a commanding position; a commanding lead in the final period.
  3. having the air, tone, etc., of command; imposing; authoritative: a man of commanding appearance; a commanding voice.
  4. dominating by position, usually elevation; overlooking: a commanding bluff at the mouth of the river.
  5. (of a view, or prospect) provided by a commanding location and so permitting dominance: a commanding view of the mouth of the river.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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