What does execution mean?

Definitions for executionˌɛk sɪˈkyu ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word execution.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. execution, executing, capital punishment, death penalty(noun)

    putting a condemned person to death

  2. performance, execution, carrying out, carrying into action(noun)

    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 execution(noun)

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

  4. execution, execution of instrument(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

  5. execution, writ of execution(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

  6. execution, implementation, carrying out(noun)

    the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order

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

  7. murder, slaying, execution(noun)

    unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being


  1. Execution(n.)

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

  2. Origin: [F. excution, L. executio, exsecutio.]


  1. execution(Noun)

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

  2. execution(Noun)

    The state of being executed (accomplished).

    The battle plan was successfully executed.

  3. execution(Noun)

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

  4. execution(Noun)

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

  5. execution(Noun)

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

  6. execution(Noun)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Execution(noun)

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

  2. Execution(noun)

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

  3. Execution(noun)

    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. Execution(noun)

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

  5. Execution(noun)

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

  6. Execution(noun)

    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. Execution(noun)

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

  8. Execution(noun)

    the act of sacking a town

  9. Origin: [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."

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chief Executive John Chambers:

    Chuck is just an execution machine.

  2. Ricky Jackson:

    I came perilously close to my own execution.

  3. Michael Hardaway:

    Effort means nothing. Execution is everything.

  4. Todung Mulya Lubis:

    There should be no execution as long as there is a legal process going on.

  5. Shawn Nolan:

    We are requesting a full investigation into tonight's problematic execution.

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