Word of command


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(Mil.) a word or phrase of definite and established meaning, used in directing the movements of soldiers; as, aim; fire; shoulder arms, etc.

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Boldly, therefore, as if he had given the word of command to cavalry in battle, "On the king's service
He said he quite enjoyed the training with all the other horses, trotting together, turning together, to the right hand or the left, halting at the word of command, or dashing forward at full speed at the sound of the trumpet or signal of the officer.
The word of command rang out, and again the regiment quivered, as with a jingling sound it presented arms.
My tongue is a blunt one, and fitter to shout word of command than to clear up such a matter as this, of which I can myself understand little.
Quieting him with a word of command and a caress, I looked hurriedly through the approaching gloom for a sign of Dejah Thoris, and then, not seeing her, I called her name.
The word of command was given; the door was thrown open; the hut emptied rapidly.