Pronunciation: (hed'kwôr"turz, -kwô"-), [key]
—pl. -ters. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
1. a center of operations, as of the police or a business, from which orders are issued; the chief administrative office of an organization: The operatives were always in touch with headquarters.
2. the offices or working location of a military commander; the place from which a commander customarily issues orders.
3. a military unit consisting of the commander, his staff, and other assistants.
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