What does execution mean?

Definitions for execution
ˌɛk sɪˈkyu ʃənex·e·cu·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. execution, executing, capital punishment, death penaltynoun

    putting a condemned person to death

  2. performance, execution, carrying out, carrying into actionnoun

    the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it

    "they criticised his performance as mayor"; "experience generally improves performance"

  3. execution, instruction executionnoun

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

  4. execution, execution of instrumentnoun

    (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. execution, writ of executionnoun

    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. execution, implementation, carrying outnoun

    the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order

    "the agency was created for the implementation of the policy"

  7. murder, slaying, executionnoun

    unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being


  1. Executionnoun

    The mode of performing any activity; as, the game plan was excellent, but its execution was filled with mistakes.


  1. executionnoun

    The act, manner or style of executing (actions, maneuvers, performances).

  2. executionnoun

    The state of being executed (accomplished).

    The battle plan was successfully executed.

  3. executionnoun

    The act of putting to death or being put to death as a penalty, or actions so associated.

  4. executionnoun

    The carrying into effect of a court judgment, or of a will.

  5. executionnoun

    The formal process by which a contract is made valid and put into binding effect.

  6. executionnoun

    The carrying out of an instruction, program or program segment by a computer.

  7. Etymology: From execution (c.1360), from executio, an agent noun from exequi, from ex + sequor.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Executionnoun

    Etymology: from execute.

    When things are come to the execution, there is no secrecy comparable to celerity. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    I wish no better
    Than have him hold that purpose, and to put it
    In execution. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    I like thy counsel; and how well I like it,
    The execution of it shall make known. William Shakespeare.

    The excellency of the subject contributed much to the happiness of the execution. Dryden.

    Sir Richard was committed to the Fleet in execution for the whole six thousand pounds. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Good rest.
    —— As wretches have o’er night,
    That wait for execution in the morn. William Shakespeare, Two Gent. of Ver.

    I have seen,
    When, after execution, judgment hath
    Repented o’er his doom. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    Laws support those crimes they checkt before,
    And executions now affright no more. Thomas Creech, Manilius.

    Brave Macbeth, with his brandish’d steel,
    Which smok’d with bloody execution, carv’d out his passage. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The execution had been too cruel, and far exceeding the bounds of ordinary hostility. John Hayward.

    When the tongue is the weapon, a man may strike where he cannot reach, and a word shall do execution both further and deeper than the mightiest blow. Robert South, Sermons.

    Ships of such height and strength, that his vessels could do no execution upon them. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.


  1. execution

    Execution refers to the act or process of carrying out or performing a task, plan, order, or course of action. It could also mean the implementation of a decision or enforcing a law, rule, or judgement. In the legal context, it refers to the carrying out of a death sentence. In computing, it refers to the running or carrying out of a program or instruction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Executionnoun

    the act of executing; a carrying into effect or to completion; performance; achievement; consummation; as, the execution of a plan, a work, etc

  2. Executionnoun

    a putting to death as a legal penalty; death lawfully inflicted; as, the execution of a murderer

  3. Executionnoun

    the act of the mode of performing a work of art, of performing on an instrument, of engraving, etc.; as, the execution of a statue, painting, or piece of music

  4. Executionnoun

    the carrying into effect the judgment given in a court of law

  5. Executionnoun

    a judicial writ by which an officer is empowered to carry a judgment into effect; final process

  6. Executionnoun

    the act of signing, and delivering a legal instrument, or giving it the forms required to render it valid; as, the execution of a deed, or a will

  7. Executionnoun

    that which is executed or accomplished; effect; effective work; -- usually with do

  8. Executionnoun

    the act of sacking a town

  9. Etymology: [F. excution, L. executio, exsecutio.]


  1. Execution

    Execution in computer and software engineering is the process by which a computer or a virtual machine carries out the instructions of a computer program. The instructions in the program trigger sequences of simple actions on the executing machine. Those actions produce effects according to the semantics of the instructions in the program. Programs for a computer may execute in a batch process without human interaction, or a user may type commands in an interactive session of an interpreter. In this case the "commands" are simply programs, whose execution is chained together. The term run is used almost synonymously. A related meaning of both "to run" and "to execute" refers to the specific action of a user starting a program, as in "Please run the ... application."

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. execution

    The Lords of the Admiralty have a right to issue their warrant, and direct the time and manner, without any special warrant from the crown for that purpose.--Military execution is the ravaging and destroying of a country that refuses to pay contribution.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'execution' in Nouns Frequency: #2104

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of execution in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of execution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of execution in a Sentence

  1. Utomo Karim:

    My client just received a notification letter that in 72 hours there will be an execution, there is no date specified for the execution, but families will have time to visit Nusakambangan until Tuesday 2 p.m., this could mean that it will be carried out on later on Tuesday, probably in the evening or after midnight.

  2. Ulysses S. Grant:

    I know no method to secure the repeal of bad, obnoxious, or unjust laws so effective as their strict execution.

  3. Megan McCracken of the UC:

    We see yet again that Oklahoma simply can not get it right. Less than an hour before the execution the Oklahoma Department of Corrections realizes that it is not prepared to carry out Mr. Glossip's execution in compliance with its own protocol and the law.

  4. Otto von Bismark:

    A really great man is known by three signs... generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.

  5. Bruce Lee, Quotation from the book: (The Art of Jeet Kune Do) by Bruce Lee:

    The consciousness of self is the greatest hindrance to the proper execution of all physical action. There is no fixed teaching. All I can provide is an appropriate medicine for a particular ailment.

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    • A. profound
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