command line

command line (plural command lines)

  1. A shell, a command line interface; usually used with the definite article.
    I'm so used to the command line that I don't even know how to find things in the GUI.
    The command line offers a lot of helpful features, such as tab completion and wildcard expansion.
  2. (computing) The text prompt presented to the user in a command line interface.
    Type the following at the command line: du -s -h.
  3. A line of text that is entered at such a prompt.
    Use the following command line to compile a file without linking: gcc -c main.c -o main.o

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