What does the word dictation mean?

Usage examples for dictation

  1. At his dictation, the ordinance against the press was less stringent than intended. – The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2) by John West
  2. I wrote from his dictation as follows, but it does not seem that the object of inquiry is among them. – Byeways in Palestine by James Finn
  3. I took dictation from you several times, replied she. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips