1. The act of committing, doing, or performing; the act of perpetrating.
Every commission of sin introduces into the soul a certain degree of hardness. --South.
2. The act of intrusting; a charge; instructions as to how a trust shall be executed.
3. The duty or employment intrusted to any person or persons; a trust; a charge.
4. A formal written warrant or authority, granting certain powers or privileges and authorizing or commanding the performance of certain duties.
Let him see our commission. --Shak.
5. A certificate conferring military or naval rank and authority; as, a colonel's commission.
6. A company of persons joined in the performance of some duty or the execution of some trust; as, the interstate commerce commission.
A commission was at once appointed to examine into the matter. --Prescott.
7. Com. (a) The acting under authority of, or on account of, another. (b) The thing to be done as agent for another; as, I have three commissions for the city. (c) The brokerage or allowance made to a factor or agent for transacting business for another; as, a commission of ten per cent on sales. See Del credere.
Commission of array. Eng. Hist. See under Array.
Commission of bankruptcy, a commission appointing and empowering certain persons to examine into the facts relative to an alleged bankruptcy, and to secure the bankrupt's lands and effects for the creditors.
Commission of lunacy, a commission authorizing an inquiry whether a person is a lunatic or not.
Commission merchant, one who buys or sells goods on commission, as the agent of others, receiving a rate per cent as his compensation.
Commission officer or Commissioned officer, Mil., one who has a commission, in distinction from a noncommissioned or warrant officer.
Commission of the peace, a commission under the great seal, constituting one or more persons justices of the peace. [Eng.]
on commission, paid partly or completely by collecting as a commision a portion of the sales that one makes.
out of commission, not operating properly; out of order.
To put a vessel into commission Naut., to equip and man a government vessel, and send it out on service after it has been laid up; esp., the formal act of taking command of a vessel for service, hoisting the flag, reading the orders, etc.
To put a vessel out of commission Naut., to detach the officers and crew and retire it from active service, temporarily or permanently.
To put the great seal into commission or To put the Treasury into commission, to place it in the hands of a commissioner or commissioners during the abeyance of the ordinary administration, as between the going out of one lord keeper and the accession of another. [Eng.]
The United States Christian Commission, an organization among the people of the North, during the Civil War, which afforded material comforts to the Union soldiers, and performed services of a religious character in the field and in hospitals.
The United States Sanitary Commission, an organization formed by the people of the North to cooperate with and supplement the medical department of the Union armies during the Civil War.
Syn: -- Charge; warrant; authority; mandate; office; trust; employment.
Com·mis·sion v. t. [imp. & p. p. Commissioned p. pr & vb. n. Commissioning.]
1. To give a commission to; to furnish with a commission; to empower or authorize; as, to commission persons to perform certain acts; to commission an officer.
2. To send out with a charge or commission.
A chosen band
He first commissions to the Latian land. --Dryden.
Syn: -- To appoint; depute; authorize; empower; delegate; constitute; ordain.
n 1: a special group delegated to consider some matter; "a
committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours"
- Milton Berle [syn: committee]
2: a fee for services rendered based on a percentage of an
amount received or collected or agreed to be paid (as
distinguished from a salary); "he works on commission"
3: the act of granting authority to undertake certain functions
4: the state of being in good working order and ready for
operation; "put the ships into commission"; "the motor was
out of commission"
5: a group of representatives or delegates [syn: deputation,
delegation, delegacy, mission]
6: a formal statement of a command or injunction to do
something; "the judge's charge to the jury" [syn: charge,
7: an official document issued by a government and conferring
on the recipient the rank of an officer in the armed
forces [syn: military commission]
8: the act of committing a crime [syn: perpetration, committal]
9: a special assignment that is given to a person or group; "a
confidential mission to London"; "his charge was deliver a
message" [syn: mission, charge]
v 1: put into commission; equip for service; of ships
2: place an order for
3: charge with a task