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Definition of Commander


  1. A chief; one who has supreme authority; a leader; the chief officer of an army, or of any division of it.
  2. An officer who ranks next below a captain, -- ranking with a lieutenant colonel in the army.
  3. The chief officer of a commandery.
  4. A heavy beetle or wooden mallet, used in paving, in sail lofts, etc.

Commander Quotations

A good commander is benevolent and unconcerned with fame.
Sun Tzu

Of all those in the army close to the commander none is more intimate than the secret agent; of all rewards none more liberal than those given to secret agents; of all matters none is more confidential than those relating to secret operations.
Sun Tzu

The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.
Colin Powell

What the world needs is an Emergency Boss. An Emergency Czar. An Emergency Commander. A true Master Of Disaster. One person completely responsible for the anticipation, immediate reconnaissance, and urgent execution of rescue and relief efforts around the world.
Steven Van Zandt

However strong, however imposing a ship may appear, it is not 'disgraced' because it flies before the tempest. A commander ought always to remember that a man's life is worth more than the mere satisfaction of his own pride. In any case, to be obstinate is blameable, and to be wilful is dangerous.
Jules Verne
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Commander Translations

commander in Afrikaans is kommandant
commander in Dutch is aanvoerder, commandant
commander in German is Befehlshaber
commander in Hungarian is parancsnok
commander in Latin is dux ducis
commander in Portuguese is comandante
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