• WordNet 3.6
    • n execution 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 execution unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
    • n execution the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order "the agency was created for the implementation of the policy"
    • n execution putting a condemned person to death
    • n execution 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 execution (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 execution (computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Average age of top GM executives in 1994: 49.8 years. Average age ofthe Rolling Stones: 50.6.
    • Execution (Law) A judicial writ by which an officer is empowered to carry a judgment into effect; final process.
    • Execution A putting to death as a legal penalty; death lawfully inflicted; as, the execution of a murderer; to grant a stay of execution . "A warrant for his execution ."
    • Execution That which is executed or accomplished; effect; effective work; -- usually with do. "To do some fatal execution ."
    • Execution 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 ."
    • Execution The act of sacking a town.
    • Execution (Law) 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.
    • Execution 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."
    • Execution (Law) The carrying into effect the judgment given in a court of law.
    • Execution The mode of performing any activity; as, the game plan was excellent, but its execution was filled with mistakes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1386, a pig was executed by public hanging for the murder of a child
    • n execution The act or process of completing or accomplishing; the act or process of carrying out in accordance with a plan, a purpose, or an order.
    • n execution The act of performing or doing, in general; performance; hence, mode, method, or style of performance; the way in which a desired effect is produced; especially, in art and music, the technical skill manifested; facility in the manipulation of a work or an instrument, in singing, or in performing a part.
    • n execution In law: The act of affixing, as to an instrument, the tokens of assent, as by signing, sealing, delivering, etc., or by the performance of such acts and the observance of such forms as are required by law to make it the act of the party: as, the execution of a deed.
    • n execution The instrument, warrant, or official order by which an officer is empowered to carry a judgment of a court into effect: properly called a writ of execution. An execution for debt is issued by a court or an officer of a court, and is levied by a sheriff, his deputy, or a marshal or a constable, on the property or person of the debtor.
    • n execution Popularly, the levy itself.
    • n execution The act of giving effect (to) or of carrying into effect; the act of enforcing; enforcement; especially, the carrying into effect of the sentence or judgment of a court.
    • n execution Specifically The carrying out of a death sentence; capital punishment; the act of putting to death as directed by a judge of court: as, the execution of a murderer.
    • n execution Effective work, or the result attained by it: generally after do: as, the speech did good execution for our side; every shot did execution.
    • n execution The pillaging or plundering of a country by the enemy's army.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In ancient Rome, people found guilty of murdering their fathers were executed in a bizarre manner. The punishment was to be put in a sack with a rooster, a viper, and a dog, then drowned along with all three animals.
    • Execution act of executing or performing: accomplishment: completion: carrying into effect the sentence of a court of law: the warrant for so doing: the infliction of capital punishment
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  • Francis Bacon
    “Boldness is ever blind, for it sees not dangers and inconveniences whence it is bad in council though good in execution.”
  • T. Boone Pickens
    T. Boone Pickens
    “Far too many executives have become more concerned with the four P's -- pay, perks, power and prestige -- rather than making profits for shareholders.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Among the worries of today's business executives is the large number of unemployed still on the payroll.”
  • Dustin Hoffman
    Dustin Hoffman
    “A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.”
  • Donald Bullock
    Donald Bullock
    “Most of our executives make very sound decisions. The trouble is many of them have turned out not to have been right.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
    “Decision making is the specific executive task.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. exécution, L. executio, exsecutio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. exécuter—L. exsequi, exsecutusex, out, sequi, to follow.


In literature:

In taking "care that the laws be faithfully executed," a strict performance of duty will be exacted from all public officers.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Polk" by Compiled by James D. Richardson
The Executive can do no more.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Tyler" by Compiled by James D. Richardson
Adrian was full of these doings when he came home from an executive session before which he had appeared as an expert on reclamation.
"Port O' Gold" by Louis John Stellman
This sentence was executed upon the abovementioned persons as here stated.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, V7, 1588-1591" by Emma Helen Blair
Oakeshott, who was also for many years a member of the Fabian Executive.
"The History of the Fabian Society" by Edward R. Pease
Meanwhile wholesale executions were carried out in the provinces with monotonous regularity and all attempts at rising ruthlessly suppressed.
"The Fight For The Republic in China" by Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
The result will enable the Executive to treat the question with the Government of Italy in a spirit of fairness and justice.
"Messages and Papers of William McKinley V.2." by William McKinley
Six rules govern the execution of the manual.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
The reports of his father's execution were confirmed.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
Mais ce sont des moyens pratiques indispensables pour executer les reformes politiques dont ce pays a besoin.
"England's Case Against Home Rule" by Albert Venn Dicey

In poetry:

To-morrow's gold I will not have; and thou
Shalt have no gold upon to-morrow: now
My final writ shall to th' execution have thee,
All earthly treasure cannot help or save thee.
"A Dialogue Betwixt An Exciseman And Death" by Anonymous British
But thou art loth thy bolts to shoot;
Backward and slow to execute
The vengeance due to me:
Thou dost not willingly reprove,
For all the mild effects of love
Are center'd, Lord, in thee.
"There Is Mercy With Thee" by Augustus Montague Toplady
It?s true? that not to reach you was fate?
but who?ll deny that to love you
was entirely in my hands? So why complain if these matters of desire
brought me inevitably to the execution grounds?
"We Who Were Executed" by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
Oh why not now? Why spare the time to warn?
Why came they not with thee to massacre,
Leaving no agony betwixt the sentence
And instant execution? That were mercy!
Oh, my prophetic father!
"The Dance To Death. Act V" by Emma Lazarus
Now passing through the lowering skies,
To execute his judgments just,
How instant his red lightning flies!
The rocks are rent, the mountains burst!
Midst the brewing storms,
Hark! his chariot comes!
"Ethic Strains, On Subjects Sublime And Beautiful - Part I" by Thomas Odiorne
But beating hearts a drum-beat calls
And prompt the men to quarters go;
Discipline, curbing nature, rules--
Heroic makes who duty know:
They execute the trump's command,
Or in peremptory places wait and stand.
"The Haglets" by Herman Melville

In news:

The executive, who took over for the company co-founder in August, sent a company-wide memo to employees on Wednesday.
Michael Lyle, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, InfinityQS International Inc.
Thomas Botelho, executive director of the Denver Film Society (Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post ).
WASHINGTON — Kenneth R Feinberg bristled when reporters dubbed him the compensation czar for his Treasury Department job monitoring executive pay at companies that received government bailouts.
Death row inmate wants humane execution.
STAR POWER Adoption & Foster Care Mentoring Executive Director Colby Swettberg (second from right) was recently honored as a member of the 2012 class of "Angels in Adoption " by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.
Davis, 58, has been appointed chief executive officer of La Grange Memorial Hospital.
Mr Wilson's father, Nathaniel, Mr Wilson and son Ted comprise the only three generations of Seventh-day Adventists known to have sat on the General Conference's executive committee.
I once took one of those pricey business school executive education workshops designed to teach leadership skills, and one of the things I learned was the importance of distinguishing between adversaries and enemies.
But this is no ordinary group of adversaries who are donating their free time and political skills to keep bowl executives on their toes.
The Academy of Model Aeronautics announced Aug 20 the resignation of Executive Director Jim Cherry.
Baker, Owner/President of the prestigious A&P Training Facility located in Nashville, Tennessee, was presented a plaque and tribute by Tom Hendershot, Executive Director, at the 41st Tennessee Mid-South Aviation Maintenance Conference held.
Can a former oil executive hold together the Anglican Church.
He was a railroad executive, serving as a chief executive officer of a family of lines headed by the Great Northern Railway , which served a substantial area of the Upper Midwest, the northern Great Plains, and Pacific Northwest.
Rockland County Executive Scott Vanderhoef and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino talk about the reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

In science:

Let f be an adversary of Unit (cid:0) Time , and let (cid:11) be the execution of M that corresponds to an execution of H (M ; fsg; f ) where if process k (cid:13)ips before process k +  then process k (cid:13)ips left, and if process k +  (cid:13)ips before process k then process k +  (cid:13)ips right.
Proving time bounds for randomized distributed algorithms
Let f be an adversary of Unit (cid:0) Time , and let (cid:11) be the execution of M that corresponds to an execution of H (M ; fsg; f ).
Proving time bounds for randomized distributed algorithms
The abstract execution closely resembles the normal execution.
A Polymorphic Groundness Analysis of Logic Programs
Y s after the successful execution of sort(X s, Y s) is the greatest lower bound of the instantiation modes of X s and Y s prior to the execution of the goal.
A Polymorphic Groundness Analysis of Logic Programs
We assume an execution trace as a sequence of program states during execution, starting with a working (empty) state and ending in a failing state.
Finding Failure Causes through Automated Testing