What does the following sentence mean? And how is "as" being used here?
We speak of a commission as defining the boundary between two nations.
Does it translate to this?
We speak of a commission as something that defines the boundary between two nations.
For context, here is an excerpt from this article from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
To give a few examples, we speak of a commission as defining the boundary between two nations; of the Supreme Court as defining, through its rulings, “person” and “citizen”; of a chemist as discovering the definition of gold, and the lexicographer, that of ‘cool’; of a participant in a debate as defining the point at issue; and of a mathematician as laying down the definition of “group.”