firing squad


: a detachment detailed to fire volleys over the grave of one buried with military honors
: a detachment detailed to carry out a sentence of death by shooting

Examples of firing squad in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of firing squad was in 1864

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“Firing squad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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firing squad

fir·​ing squad
: a military unit assigned to fire shots over the grave of one buried with military honors
: a military unit assigned to carry out a sentence of death by shooting

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