execution

The planning stage of building a tree house is the fun part — the hard part is the execution of your plan. Execution is taking an idea and actually making it happen.

The execution of a plan is when you put it into effect, like the execution on the field of a football team's game plan. It can also mean the style in which a project is carried out, like a ballet's creative execution. Execution can also refer to the death of a person, either a prisoner who's been sentenced to death by a court of law, or a deliberate, targeted murder, especially when it's done for political reasons.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: execution

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
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: execution
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n putting a condemned person to death

Synonyms:
capital punishment, death penalty, executing
Types:
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burning, burning at the stake
execution by fire
hanging
a form of capital punishment; victim is suspended by the neck from a gallows or gibbet until dead
burning, electrocution
execution by electricity
beheading, decapitation
execution by cutting off the victim's head
crucifixion
the act of executing by a method widespread in the ancient world; the victim's hands and feet are bound or nailed to a cross
auto-da-fe
the burning to death of heretics (as during the Spanish Inquisition)
Type of:
corporal punishment
the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime

n unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being

Synonyms:
murder, slaying
Examples:
Alamo
a siege and massacre at a mission in San Antonio in 1836; Mexican forces under Santa Anna besieged and massacred American rebels who were fighting to make Texas independent of Mexico
Battle of the Little Bighorn
a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull; Custer underestimated the size of the Sioux forces (which were supported by Cheyenne warriors) and was killed along with all his command
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assassination
murder of a public figure by surprise attack
bloodshed, gore
the shedding of blood resulting in murder
contract killing
a murder carried out on agreement with a hired killer
parricide
the murder of your own father or mother
mariticide
the murder of a husband by his wife
fratricide
the murder of your sibling
uxoricide
the murder of a wife by her husband
filicide
the murder of your own son or daughter
elimination, liquidation
the murder of a competitor
butchery, carnage, mass murder, massacre, slaughter
the savage and excessive killing of many people
lynching
putting a person to death by mob action without due process of law
regicide
the act of killing a king
dry-gulching
the act of killing from ambush
hit
a murder carried out by an underworld syndicate
infanticide
murdering an infant
shoot-down
murder by shooting someone down in cold blood
tyrannicide
killing a tyrant
thuggee
murder and robbery by thugs
matricide
the murder of your mother
patricide
the murder of your father
battue, bloodbath, bloodletting, bloodshed
indiscriminate slaughter
Type of:
homicide
the killing of a human being by another human being
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n the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it

Synonyms:
carrying into action, carrying out, performance
Types:
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specific performance
the performance of a legal contract as specified by its terms
linguistic performance
(linguistics) a speaker's actual use of language in real situations; what the speaker actually says, including grammatical errors and other non-linguistic features such as hesitations and other disfluencies (contrasted with linguistic competence)
mechanics, mechanism
the technical aspects of doing something
officiation
the performance of a religious or ceremonial or public duty
Type of:
action
something done (usually as opposed to something said)

n the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order

Synonyms:
carrying out, implementation
Type of:
enforcement
the act of enforcing; ensuring observance of or obedience to

n (computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer

Synonyms:
instruction execution
Types:
batch processing
the serial execution of computer programs
concurrent execution, multiprogramming
the execution of two or more computer programs by a single computer
Type of:
physical process, process
a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states

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

Synonyms:
execution of instrument
Type of:
subscription
the act of signing your name; writing your signature (as on a document)

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

Synonyms:
writ of execution
Type of:
court order
a writ issued by a court of law requiring a person to do something or to refrain from doing something
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