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EXECUTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does execution mean? 

EXECUTION (noun)
  The noun EXECUTION has 7 senses:

1. putting a condemned person to death
2. the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it
3. (computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer
4. (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. 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. the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order
7. unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being

  Familiarity information: EXECUTION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


EXECUTION (noun)


Sense 1execution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Putting a condemned person to death

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

execution; executing; death penalty; capital punishment

Hypernyms ("execution" is a kind of...):

corporal punishment (the infliction of physical injury on someone convicted of committing a crime)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "execution"):

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)

beheading; decapitation (execution by cutting off the victim's head)

burning; electrocution (execution by electricity)

hanging (a form of capital punishment; victim is suspended by the neck from a gallows or gibbet until dead)

burning; burning at the stake (execution by fire)


Sense 2execution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

carrying into action; carrying out; execution; performance

Context examples:

they criticised his performance as mayor / experience generally improves performance

Hypernyms ("execution" is a kind of...):

action (something done (usually as opposed to something said))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "execution"):

specific performance (the performance of a legal contract as specified by its terms)

mechanics; mechanism (the technical aspects of doing something)

officiation (the performance of a religious or ceremonial or public duty)


Sense 3execution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

instruction execution; execution

Hypernyms ("execution" is a kind of...):

physical process; process (a sustained phenomenon or one marked by gradual changes through a series of states)

Domain category:

computer science; computing (the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "execution"):

batch processing (the serial execution of computer programs)

concurrent execution; multiprogramming (the execution of two or more computer programs by a single computer)

Holonyms ("execution" is a part of...):

data processing ((computer science) a series of operations on data by a computer in order to retrieve or transform or classify information)


Sense 4execution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

execution of instrument; execution

Hypernyms ("execution" is a kind of...):

subscription (the act of signing your name; writing your signature (as on a document))

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


Sense 5execution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

writ of execution; execution

Hypernyms ("execution" is a kind of...):

court order (a writ issued by a court of law requiring a person to do something or to refrain from doing something)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


Sense 6execution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

carrying out; implementation; execution

Context example:

the agency was created for the implementation of the policy

Hypernyms ("execution" is a kind of...):

enforcement (the act of enforcing; insuring observance of or obedience to)


Sense 7execution [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

slaying; murder; execution

Hypernyms ("execution" is a kind of...):

homicide (the killing of a human being by another human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "execution"):

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)

butchery; carnage; mass murder; massacre; slaughter (the savage and excessive killing of many people)

elimination; liquidation (the murder of a competitor)

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)


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