• WordNet 3.6
    • adj executive having the function of carrying out plans or orders etc. "the executive branch"
    • n executive persons who administer the law
    • n executive someone who manages a government agency or department
    • n executive a person responsible for the administration of a business
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Executives work an average 57 hours a week, but just 22 percent say their hours are a major cause of stress.
    • Executive a person who has administrative authority over an organization or division of an organization; a manager, supervisor or administrator at a high level within an organization; as, all executives of the company were given stock options
    • Executive An impersonal title of the chief magistrate or officer who administers the government, whether king, president, or governor; the governing person or body.
    • Executive Designed or fitted for execution, or carrying into effect; as, executive talent; qualifying for, concerned with, or pertaining to, the execution of the laws or the conduct of affairs; as, executive power or authority; executive duties, officer, department, etc.
    • Executive of or pertaining to an executive{2} or to the group of executives within an organization; as, executive compensation increased more rapidly than wages in the 1980's; the executive suite.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the Middle Ages, the highest court in France ordered the execution of a cow for injuring a human.
    • executive Concerned with or pertaining to executing, performing, or carrying into effect: specifically applied to that branch of government which is intrusted with the execution of the laws, as distinguished from the legislative and judicial. The body that deliberates and enacts laws is legislative; the body that judges or determines the application of the laws to particular cases, their constitutionality, etc., is judicial; the person, or body of persons, who carries the laws into effect, or superintends the enforcement of them, is executive: thus, in the government of the United States these three bodies are respectively the two houses of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the President with the officials subordinate to him.
    • executive Suited for executing or carrying into effect; of the kind requisite for practical performance or direction: as, executive ability.
    • n executive That branch of a government to which the execution of the laws is intrusted; an officer of a government, or an official body, charged with the execution and enforcement of the laws. The executive may be a king, emperor, president, council, or other magistrate or body.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During World War I, the punishment for homosexuality in the French army was execution.
    • adj Executive designed or fitted to execute: active: qualifying for or pertaining to the execution of the law
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  • Charles De Montesquieu
    “The severity of the laws prevents their execution.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
  • Sinclair Lewis
    Sinclair Lewis
    “Damn the great executives, the men of measured merriment, damn the men with careful smiles, damn the men that run the shops, oh, damn their measured merriment.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “An executive is someone who talks with visitors so the other employees can get their work done.”
  • Jack Welch
    Jack Welch
    “An overburdened, over-stretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn't have the time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “The method of the enterprising is to plan with audacity and execute with vigor.”


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


In literature:

My brother knows my wishes in your behalf, and will see them executed.
"Miles Wallingford" by James Fenimore Cooper
His name is with the executive committee of the American Anti-Slavery Society.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
Again Joshua was selected as the leader of Israel to execute God's threatenings upon Canaan.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
He, however, renewed his assurances of fidelity to his engagements and punctuality of execution.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
AHASUE'RUS, the cobbler who pushed away Jesus when, on the way to execution.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
His Trial and Execution.
"Abraham Lincoln, A History, Volume 2" by John George Nicolay and John Hay
They are not ideal executives and do not, as a general rule, rise to very high executive positions.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
The views expressed in the foregoing letter are those which will govern my administration of the executive office.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
The Executive order of January 20, 1865, prohibiting the exportation of hay, is rescinded from and after the 1st day of May, 1865.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
Almagro was arrested at Cuzco and executed.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII." by Arthur Mee

In poetry:

And when his work was over, they would ramble o'er the lea,
And sit beneath the frondage of an elderberry tree,
And ANNIE'S simple prattle entertained him on his walk,
For public executions formed the subject of her talk.
"Annie Protheroe. A Legend of Stratford-le-Bow" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And saw there at their moorings the Geordie colliers rock,
The latest pirate dangling at Execution Dock,
The anchored ships unloading their silks and laces fine,
And spices from the Indies, and rum, and Spanish wine . . .
"London Seagulls" by Cicely Fox Smith
the bedroom where his comforter
lay in his rival's fast embrace
and faithless would not turn her face
from the gross violence done to her.
Love's proud executants played from a score
no child could read or realize. Once more
"The Glass Jar" by Gwen Harwood
Then, all our terrors to complete,
Because his anger is so great,
His friends and servants whom he lov'd so dear,
(When he in all his wrath shall come,
To execute his final doom)
Nay, e'en the angels too, shall quake for fear.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard
THE sable senate instantly approved
The proposition that the monarch moved;
Belphegor was to execute the work;
The proper talent in him seemed to lurk:
All ears and eyes, a prying knave in grain
In short, the very thing they wished to gain.
"Belphegor Addressed To Miss De Chammelay" by Jean de La Fontaine
SAID Neria, mortified at this reply,
Though he's a friend on whom you may rely,
Calista beauty has; much worth the man,
With smart address to execute his plan;
And when we meet accomplishments so rare;
Few women but will tumble in the snare.
"The Magic Cup" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

Three top executives from Walmart were among the 50 most powerful women recognized recently by Fortune.
Many states allow Notaries to execute acknowledgments on documents that already have been signed.
Marcel Ospel, the chief executive of UBS A.G.
This interview with Jacqueline Novogratz, chief executive of the Acumen Fund, which invests in businesses aiding the world's poor, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.
This interview with Steve Stoute, chief executive of Translation LLC, an ad agency , was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.
There's more turnover in the executive ranks at Anheuser-Busch, this time at the very top.
Executive Director of the Georgetown Climate Center of Georgetown University Law Center, where she is also a visiting professor.
LONDON- A former oil executive who went to the same exclusive school as Prime Minister David Cameron will shortly be named Archbishop of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the world's 80 million Anglicans , British newspapers said on Thursday.
Can a former oil executive hold together the Anglican Church .
Obama Signs Executive Order to Protect Transition in Yemen.
Killer asks high court to stop execution.
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of the social networking site, said in a Washington Post op-ed that Facebook will try to simplify its privacy settings.
Oct 11, 2012 3:12 PM, Edited by SCOTT ARNOLD, Executive Editor, HPAC Engineering, scott.arnold@penton.com.
Intel's board will look at company executives as well as external candidates to replace Otellini, and on Monday promoted three executives to executive vice president .
Tom Cochran is the chief executive officer and executive director of the United States Conference of Mayors.

In science:

State m says process P1 has executed s(tas) and tas0 atomically, while process P0 has only executed s(tas)— hence the system was previously in state g and not in state p.
Randomized Two-Process Wait-Free Test-and-Set
State i says process P1 has executed s(tas) and tas0 atomically, while process P0 has executed s(tas) and tas1 atomically—and hence the system was previously in state g and not state p.
Randomized Two-Process Wait-Free Test-and-Set
Note that at this point the system can also be in state h of FA4—both processes having executed s(tas) but no process having executed tas0 or tas1.
Randomized Two-Process Wait-Free Test-and-Set
Then, a process wishing to execute an nprocess test-and-set, would enter a tournament, as in , by executing a separate two-process test-and-set for each node on the path up to the root.
Randomized Two-Process Wait-Free Test-and-Set
When an oval executable is invoked, it first compares its internal version with the one required by the user, and if it is not the same, it is able to find the correct executable under "OVAL DIR" and execute this one instead.
OVAL: the CMS Testing Robot