Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps

Noun: execution  ,ek-su'kyoo-shun
  1. The act of performing; of doing something successfully; using knowledge as distinguished from merely possessing it
    - performance, carrying out, carrying into action
  2. The act of accomplishing some aim or executing some order
    "the agency was created for the execution of the policy";
    - implementation, carrying out
  3. Unlawful premeditated killing of a human being by a human being
    - murder, slaying
  4. Putting a condemned person to death
    - executing, capital punishment, death penalty
  5. (computing) the process of carrying out an instruction by a computer
    - instruction execution
  6. (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
    - execution of instrument
  7. (law) 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
    - writ of execution

Derived forms: executions

Type of: action, corporal punishment, court order, enforcement, homicide, physical process, process, subscription

Part of: data processing

Encyclopedia: Execution