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firing squad

n.
1.
a. A method of execution in which a group of law enforcement officers or soldiers are designated to shoot a person condemned to death.
b. A group of people designated to shoot a person condemned to death.
2. A detachment of soldiers chosen to fire a salute at a military funeral.

firing squad

n
(Military) a small military detachment formed to implement a death sentence by shooting

fir′ing squad`


n.
1. a military detachment assigned to execute a condemned person by shooting.
2. a military detachment assigned to fire a salute at the burial of a person being honored.
[1900–05]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.firing squad - a squad formed to fire volleys at a military funeral or to carry out a military executionfiring squad - a squad formed to fire volleys at a military funeral or to carry out a military execution
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
squad - a smallest army unit
Translations
kivégzőosztag

firing squad

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References in classic literature ?
They were shot with their backs to the firing squad.
Mississippi's House of Representatives approved a bill Wednesday that could expand the state's capital punishment methods to include nitrogen gas, firing squads and the electric chair.
The executed prisoners, were shot by police firing squads about 12:25 a.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Lawmakers in the US state of Utah have passed a bill that would make the state the only one in America to authorize the use of firing squads for the executions of death row inmates if the state can't obtain lethal injection drugs, media report said.
Firing squads are made up of 12 people, three of whose rifles are loaded with live ammunition, while the other nine rifles are loaded with blanks.
FIRING squads could return in America to execute deathrow prisoners - because EU firms are refusing to supply lethal injections.
Firing squads aim for the heart, so death takes a moment.
Wyoming lawmakers are talking about changing the law to allow the firing squad, while their counterparts in Utah have proposed repealing a law that ended firing squads for prisoners convicted after 2004.
VIETNAM yesterday banned executions by firing squads in favour of lethal injections.
When conservatism was riding high during the Reagan era, the Gipper himself decreed that no member of the movement should speak ill of another Presumably, he would be appalled by the current conservative propensity for circular firing squads.
The Dublin-born cleric, who works with death row prisoners in Indonesia, claimed firing squads were cruel and could not be guaranteed to bring instant death.