Definitions for: Execution

[n] 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"
[n] unlawful premeditated killing of a human being
[n] the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order; "the agency was created for the implementation of the policy"
[n] putting a condemned person to death
[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
[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
[n] (computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer

Webster (1913) Definition: Ex`e*cu"tion, n. [F. ex['e]cution, L. executio,
1. The act of executing; a carrying into effect or to
completion; performance; achievement; consummation; as,
the execution of a plan, a work, etc.

The excellence of the subject contributed much to
the happiness of the execution. --Dryden.

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

A warrant for his execution. --Shak.

3. 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.

The first quality of execution is truth. --Ruskin.

4. (Law)
(a) The carrying into effect the judgment given in a court
of law.
(b) A judicial writ by which an officer is empowered to
carry a judgment into effect; final process.
(c) 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.

5. That which is executed or accomplished; effect; effective
work; -- usually with do.

To do some fatal execution. --Shak.

6. The act of sacking a town. [Obs.] --Beau. & FL.

Synonyms: capital punishment, carrying into action, carrying out, death penalty, executing, execution of instrument, homicide, implementation, instruction execution, murder, performance, slaying, writ of execution

See Also: action, assassination, batch processing, beheading, blood, bloodshed, burning, burning at the stake, butchery, carnage, concurrent execution, corporal punishment, court order, crucifixion, data processing, decapitation, dry-gulching, electrocution, elimination, enforcement, fratricide, gore, hanging, hit, infanticide, kill, killing, liquidation, mass murder, massacre, mechanics, mechanism, multiprogramming, officiation, parricide, process, putting to death, shoot-down, slaughter, specific performance, subscription, thuggee, tyrannicide

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