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NOUN (7)

1. putting a condemned person to death;
[syn: execution, executing, capital punishment, death penalty]

2. the act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it;
- Example: "they criticised his performance as mayor"
- Example: "experience generally improves performance"
[syn: performance, execution, carrying out, carrying into action]

3. (computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer;
[syn: execution, instruction execution]

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;
[syn: execution, execution of instrument]

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;
[syn: execution, writ of execution]

6. the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order;
- Example: "the agency was created for the implementation of the policy"
[syn: execution, implementation, carrying out]

7. unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being;
[syn: murder, slaying, execution]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Execution \Ex`e*cu"tion\, n. [F. ex['e]cution, L. executio, exsecutio.] 1. The act of executing; a carrying into effect or to completion; performance; achievement; consummation; as, the execution of a plan, a work, etc. [1913 Webster] The excellence of the subject contributed much to the happiness of the execution. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. A putting to death as a legal penalty; death lawfully inflicted; as, the execution of a murderer; to grant a stay of execution. [1913 Webster] A warrant for his execution. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] The first quality of execution is truth. --Ruskin. [1913 Webster] 4. The mode of performing any activity; as, the game plan was excellent, but its execution was filled with mistakes. [PJC] 5. (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. [1913 Webster] 6. That which is executed or accomplished; effect; effective work; -- usually with do. [1913 Webster] To do some fatal execution. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 7. The act of sacking a town. [Obs.] --Beau. & FL. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

execution n 1: putting a condemned person to death [syn: execution, executing, capital punishment, death penalty] 2: 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" [syn: performance, execution, carrying out, carrying into action] 3: (computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer [syn: execution, instruction execution] 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 [syn: execution, execution of instrument] 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 [syn: execution, writ of execution] 6: the act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order; "the agency was created for the implementation of the policy" [syn: execution, implementation, carrying out] 7: unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being [syn: murder, slaying, execution]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

197 Moby Thesaurus words for "execution": accomplished fact, accomplishment, accordance, achievement, acquittal, acquittance, action, adherence, administration, agency, angary, annexation, annexure, approach, art, assassination, attachment, attainment, ax, bane, beheading, block, blood, bloodletting, bloodshed, braining, bringing to fruition, burning, cantando, capital punishment, care, carrying out, collectivization, commandeering, commission, communalization, communization, completion, compliance, conduct, confiscation, conformance, conformity, consummation, cross, crucifixion, dealing death, death chair, death chamber, decapitation, decollation, defenestration, delivery, demilegato, destruction, destruction of life, direction, discharge, dispatch, distraint, distress, doing, driving, drop, effectuation, electric chair, electrocution, eminent domain, enactment, enforcement, euthanasia, exercise, expression, expropriation, extermination, fait accompli, fingering, flow of blood, fruition, fulfillment, functioning, fusillade, gallows, gallows-tree, garnishment, garrote, gas chamber, gassing, gibbet, glissando, gore, guillotine, halter, handling, hanging, heed, heeding, hemlock, hemp, hempen collar, hot seat, immolation, implementation, impoundment, impressment, intonation, judicial murder, keeping, kill, killing, lapidation, legato, lethal chamber, levy, liquidation, maiden, management, manipulation, manner, martyrdom, martyrization, mastery, mercy killing, mezzo staccato, mission accomplished, mode, murder, music-making, nationalization, necktie party, noose, observance, observation, occupation, operancy, operation, overproduction, parlando, performance, performing, perpetration, pianism, pizzicato, poisoning, practice, production, productiveness, prosecution, pursuance, realization, removal, rendering, rendition, repercussion, respect, responsibility, right of angary, ritual killing, ritual murder, rope, rubato, running, sacrifice, satisfaction, scaffold, sequestration, shooting, skill, slaughter, slaying, slur, socialization, spiccato, staccato, stake, steering, stoning, strangling, strangulation, style, success, taking of life, technique, the ax, the block, the chair, the gallows, the gas chamber, the guillotine, the hot seat, the rope, touch, transaction, tree, work, working, workings
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

execution execute run The process of carrying out the instructions in a computer program by a computer. See also dry run. (1996-05-13)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

EXECUTION, contracts. The accomplishment of a thing; as the execution of a bond and warrant of attorney, which is the signing, sealing, and delivery of the same.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

EXECUTION, crim. law. The putting a convict to death, agreeably to law, in pursuance of his sentence.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

EXECUTION, practice. The act of carrying into effect the final judgment of a court, or other jurisdiction. The writ which authorizes the officer so to carry into effect such judgment is also called an execution. 2. A distinction has been made between an execution which is used to make the money due on a judgment out of the property of the defendant, and which is called a final execution; and one which tends to an end but is not absolutely final, as a capias ad satisfaciendum, by virtue of which the body of the defendant is taken, to the intent that the plaintiff shall be satisfied his debt, &c., the imprisonment not being absolute, but until he shall satisfy the same; this is called an execution quousque. 6 Co. 87. 3. Executions are either to recover specific things, or money. 1. Of the first class are the writs of habere facias seisinam.; (q.v.) habere facias possessionem; (q.v.) retorno habendo; (q.v.) distringas. (q.v.) 2. Executions for the recovery of money are those which issue against the body of the defendant, as the capias ad satisfaciendum, (q.v.); an attachment, (q.v.); those which issue against his goods and chattels; namely, the fieri facias, (q.v.); the, venditioni exponas, (q.v.); those which issue against his lands, the levari facias; (q.v.) the liberari facias; the elegit. (q.v.) Vide 10 Vin. Ab. 541; 1 Ves. jr. 430; 1 Sell. Pr. 512; Bac. Ab. h.t.; Com. Dig. h.t.; the various Digests, h.t.; Tidd's Pr. Index, h.t.; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3365, et seq. Courts will at any time grant leave to amend an execution so as to make it conformable to the judgment on which it was issued. 1 Serg. & R. 98. A writ of error lies on an award of execution. 5 Rep. 32, a; 1 Rawle, Rep. 47, 48; Writ of Execution;