execution execution  /ˌɛk sə ˈkju ʃən/


  1. (n) putting a condemned person to death
  2. (n) the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it
  3. (n) (computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer
  4. (n) (law) the completion of a legal instrument (such as a contract or deed) by signing it (and perhaps sealing and delivering it) so that it becomes legally binding and enforceable
  5. (n) a routine court order that attempts to enforce the judgment that has been granted to a plaintiff by authorizing a sheriff to carry it out
  6. (n) the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order
  7. (n) unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being


  1. A penchant for the death penalty gets its toughest test: The pending execution of a mentally retarded inmate.
  2. But Gacy's execution by lethal injection in 1994 would reopen that question; instead of a five-minute procedure, the process took 18 and Gacy was clearly struggling as he perished.
  3. But this execution raised more disturbing questions than most.


  1. Oct. 9 execution date for Yowell

    Oct. 9 execution date for Yowell
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

  2. Execution date set for killer whose crime went unsolved for 20 years

    An execution date has been set for a death row inmate whose crime went unsolved for two decades.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: McAlester News-Capital

  3. Sept. 10 execution set for Okla. death row inmate

    A Sept. 10 execution date has been set for an Oklahoma death row inmate convicted of killing a woman 34 years ago.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: KWTV News9


  1. "I'm appalled by reports of the imminent execution," Hague said at a press conference in London alongside Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. "I think that stoning is a medieval punishment that has no place in the modern world and the...
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: William Hague Source: AFP

  2. "We had the effort and the execution to match," Bryant said. "It took us a while to really get a feel for the team, just how to take advantage of the defence. We saw how they were playing us and we executed extremely well."
    on May 30, 2009 By: Kobe Bryant Source: Jamaica Gleaner

  3. "Our subscriber results mark the best quarter of gross additions, deactivations and net additions since the merger of Sirius and XM in July 2008," CEO Mel Karmazin said in a statement. "The strong execution in both adding subscribers and...
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Mel Karmazin Source: All Things Digital (blog)

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