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.

Definitions of execution
  1. noun
    putting a condemned person to death
    synonyms: capital punishment, death penalty, executing
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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)
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    corporal punishment
    the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime
  2. noun
    unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
    synonyms: murder, slaying
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    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
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    homicide
    the killing of a human being by another human being
  3. noun
    the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it
    synonyms: carrying into action, carrying out, performance
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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
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    action
    something done (usually as opposed to something said)
  4. noun
    the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order
    synonyms: carrying out, implementation
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    enforcement
    the act of enforcing; ensuring observance of or obedience to
  5. noun
    (computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer
    synonyms: instruction execution
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    batch processing
    the serial execution of computer programs
    concurrent execution, multiprogramming
    the execution of two or more computer programs by a single computer
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    physical process, process
    a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states
  6. noun
    (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
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    subscription
    the act of signing your name; writing your signature (as on a document)
  7. noun
    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
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    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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