firing squad

noun

Definition of firing squad 

1 : a detachment detailed to fire volleys over the grave of one buried with military honors

2 : a detachment detailed to carry out a sentence of death by shooting

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Ceausescu and his wife were executed by firing squad on Christmas Day 1989. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "5 World Leaders Whose Visits to the U.K. Sparked Controversy," 12 July 2018 Three Utah inmates have been executed by firing squad, the most recent in 2010. Time, "Houston's 'Ice Pick Killer' Executed in Texas for 1979 Rape and Murder," 29 June 2018 Three Utah inmates have been executed by firing squad, the most recent in 2010. Michael Graczyk, Fox News, "Ailing Texas inmate wants execution by firing squad or gas," 28 June 2018 Three Utah inmates have been executed by firing squad, the most recent in 2010. NBC News, "Texas executes convicted killer whose attorneys proposed firing squad," 28 June 2018 Three Utah inmates have been executed by firing squad, the most recent in 2010. CBS News, "Texas executes Danny Paul Bible for 1979 rape, murder in Houston," 28 June 2018 Three Utah inmates have been executed by firing squad, the most recent in 2010. Time, "Houston's 'Ice Pick Killer' Executed in Texas for 1979 Rape and Murder," 29 June 2018 Three Utah inmates have been executed by firing squad, the most recent in 2010. Michael Graczyk, Fox News, "Ailing Texas inmate wants execution by firing squad or gas," 28 June 2018 Three Utah inmates have been executed by firing squad, the most recent in 2010. Michael Graczyk, Fox News, "Ailing Texas inmate wants execution by firing squad or gas," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of firing squad

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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firing squad

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English Language Learners Definition of firing squad

: a group of soldiers whose job is to shoot a prisoner who has been sentenced to death

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