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English Dictionary: execution by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
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"
    Synonym(s): performance, execution, carrying out, carrying into action
  3. (computer science) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer
    Synonym(s): 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
    Synonym(s): 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
    Synonym(s): 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"
    Synonym(s): execution, implementation, carrying out
  7. unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
    Synonym(s): murder, slaying, execution
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Execution \Ex`e*cu"tion\, n. [F. ex[82]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.
  
                     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.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   execution
  
      The process of carrying out
      the {instructions} in a computer program by a computer.
  
      See also {dry run}.
  
      (1996-05-13)
  
  
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