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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

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

It is the duty of every good officer to obey any orders given him by his commander in chief.
Nathan Hale

The printing press is the greatest weapon in the armoury of the modern commander.
T. E. Lawrence

But courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity, or, if it is insisted upon by a commander, irresponsibility.
Erwin Rommel

All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
Abraham Lincoln
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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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