firing squad


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

Examples of firing squad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Are Kaitlyn and Tayshia traveling with a firing squad? Kristen Baldwin,, 20 Oct. 2021 If Linda’s was a firing squad, Monica’s more closely resembles group therapy. Amanda Whiting, Vulture, 2 Nov. 2021 Prosecutors ask that Mack and Schaefer be spared the maximum possible penalty — death by firing squad — if the three-judge panel convicts the young couple of killing Mack’s mother. Angie Leventis Lourgos,, 29 Oct. 2021 The Chicago couple faced possible execution by firing squad, but Mack was sentenced to 10 years in prison and Schaefer was sentenced to 18 years. Greg Hanlon,, 29 Oct. 2021 Johnson requested Missouri execute him instead by firing squad, a practice not used in the state since 1864. John Fritze, USA TODAY, 24 May 2021 Johnson has also asked to be executed by firing squad, which the Missouri Supreme Court denied in August. NBC News, 7 May 2021 Johnson previously asked that his execution be carried out by firing squad, but Missouri doesn’t allow that method of execution. NBC News, 5 Oct. 2021 Missouri law does not authorize execution by firing squad. Jim Salter, ajc, 5 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of firing squad

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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22 Nov 2021

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“Firing squad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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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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