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execution

1. the carrying out or undergoing of a sentence of death
2. 
a. the enforcement of the judgment of a court of law
b. the writ ordering such enforcement

Execution

Exile (See BANISHMENT.)
Budd, Billy
court-martialed and hanged for accidently killing a ship’s officer. [Am. Lit.: Herman Melville Billy Budd]
cigarette
final favor granted one about to die. [Pop. Cult.: Misc.]
Deever, Danny
hanged by his regiment for shooting a comrade. [Br. Lit.: Kipling Danny Deever in Benét, 549]
Derrick
famous hangman; eponym of modern hoisting apparatus. [Br. Hist.: Espy, 170]
Doeg the Edomite
dispatches priests of Nob under Saul’s order. [O.T.: I Samuel 22:18–19]
Esmerelda
her hanging is triumphantly watched from a tower by Frollo, who is thereupon thrown from it by Quasimodo. [Fr. Lit.: Victor Hugo The Hunchback of Notre Dame]
guillotine
invented during French Revolution as a humane method of capital punishment. [Fr. Hist.: Benét, 429]
hangman’s noose
characteristic knot for death by hanging. [Pop. Cult.: Misc.]
Ko-Ko
appointed by the Mikado as Lord High Executioner. [Br. Opera: The Mikado]
Lord of the Manor of Tyburn
nickname for ordinary hangman at Tyburn gallows. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1110]
Macheath, Capt.
swaggering highwayman sentenced to execution but reprieved at the last moment. [Br. Lit.: The Beggar’s Opera in Magill I, 59; The Threepenny Opera in Benét, 90]
Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico
executed in 1867; subject of painting by Manet. [Mex. Hist.: NCE, 1728; Fr. Art: EB, 11:440]
Savonarola (1452–1498)
reformer priest, hanged and burned at the stake as a heretic. [Ital. Hist.: Benét, 900]
Seven That Were Hanged, The
describes the fears and actions of five men and two women before their deaths on the scaffold. [Russ. Lit.: Magill II, 957]
Sorel, Julien
attempts to kill his employer’s wife, (his mistress), is condemned to the guillotine. [Fr. Lit.: Stendhal The Red and the Black in Magill I, 808]
“Third of May, 1808, The”
Goya painting of Napoleon’s soldiers firing on Spanish rebels. [Sp. Art: EB, 8:260]
Tyburn
site of gallows where criminals were publicly hanged. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 920]

execution

(operating system, programming)
The process of carrying out the instructions in a computer program by a computer.

See also dry run.
References in classic literature ?
I have not time for anybody's affairs but my own and those of my honorable guests; but I make an agreement with the man who pastes up the papers, and he brings them to me as he would the playbills, that in case any person staying at my hotel should like to witness an execution, he may obtain every requisite information concerning the time and place etc.
That two executions of considerable interest will take place the day after to-morrow at two o'clock, as is customary at Rome at the commencement of all great festivals.
Very possibly I may not go," answered Franz; "but in case I feel disposed, give me some particulars of to-day's executions.
The public is informed that on Wednesday, February 23d, being the first day of the Carnival, executions will take place in the Piazza del Popolo, by order of the Tribunal of the Rota, of two persons, named Andrea Rondola, and Peppino, otherwise called Rocca Priori; the former found guilty of the murder of a venerable and exemplary priest, named Don Cesare Torlini, canon of the church of St.
No,--the thing is, I was telling all about the execution a little while ago, and--"
Oh, you shall tell us about the Basle picture another time; now we must have all about the execution," said Adelaida.
He had lived in the prison for some time and had not expected that the execution would take place for at least a week yet--he had counted on all the formalities and so on taking time; but it so happened that his papers had been got ready quickly.
The day for the execution of the Turk was fixed, but on the night previous to it he quitted his prison and before morning was distant many leagues from Paris.
I was covered with shame and tears for things past, and yet had at the same time a secret surprising joy at the prospect of being a true penitent, and obtaining the comfort of a penitent--I mean, the hope of being forgiven; and so swift did thoughts circulate, and so high did the impressions they had made upon me run, that I thought I could freely have gone out that minute to execution, without any uneasiness at all, casting my soul entirely into the arms of infinite mercy as a penitent.
It was no less than twelve days after our receiving sentence before any were ordered for execution, and then upon a Wednesday the dead warrant, as they call it, came down, and I found my name was among them.
I understood her presently, but told her I would leave all that to her, but I saw no room to hope for anything but a strict execution of the order, and as it was a severity that was esteemed a mercy, there was no doubt but it would be strictly observed.
Stop my execution--for charity's sake stop my execution, gentlemen--till they can be told that I've been hangman here, nigh thirty year.