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[ek-si-kyoo-shuh n] /ˌɛk sɪˈkyu ʃən/
the act or process of executing.
the state or fact of being executed.
the infliction of capital punishment or, formerly, of any legal punishment.
the process of performing a judgment or sentence of a court:
The judge stayed execution of the sentence pending appeal.
a mode or style of performance; technical skill, as in music:
The pianist's execution of the sonata was consummate.
effective, usually destructive action, or the result attained by it (usually preceded by do):
The grenades did rapid execution.
Law. a judicial writ directing the enforcement of a judgment.
Computers. the act of running, or the results of having run, a program or routine, or the performance of an instruction.
1250-1300; Middle English execucioun < Latin execūtiōn- (stem of execūtiō). See executive, -ion
Related forms
executional, adjective
nonexecution, noun
preexecution, noun
reexecution, noun
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Examples for execution
  • Preference given to candidates with skills in execution of makeup and hair designs.
  • There has to be judicious planning and execution in tapping renewable energy.
  • Individual creativity lies in execution as well as in concept.
  • If you look at speed of execution for a startup, it seems sort of amazing what they can do.
  • The key to offering constructive criticism is in the execution.
  • At the same time, the rarity of execution means it is no deterrent.
  • But while the concept is simple, the execution has many ways of going wrong.
  • The same brain areas and processes underpin motor imagery and motor execution.
  • Innovation had its place, but skillful execution was key-an artist was only as good as his last work.
  • That's simple enough, but the magic comes in the execution.
British Dictionary definitions for execution


the act or process of executing
the carrying out or undergoing of a sentence of death
the style or manner in which something is accomplished or performed; technique as a pianist his execution is poor
  1. the enforcement of the judgment of a court of law
  2. the writ ordering such enforcement
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Word Origin and History for execution

mid-14c., from Anglo-French execucioun (late 13c.), Old French execucion "a carrying out" (of an order, etc.), from Latin executionem (nominative executio) "an accomplishing," noun of action from past participle stem of exequi/exsequi "to follow out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + sequi "follow" (see sequel).

Sense of "act of putting to death" (mid-14c.) is from Middle English legal phrases such as don execution of deth "carry out a sentence of death." Literal meaning "action of carrying something into effect" is from late 14c. John McKay, coach of the woeful Tampa Bay Buccaneers (U.S. football team), when asked by a reporter what he thought of his team's execution, replied, "I think it would be a good idea." Executor and executioner were formerly used indifferently, because both are carrying out legal orders.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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execution in Technology

operating system, programming
The process of carrying out the instructions in a computer program by a computer.
See also dry run.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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