- a military detachment assigned to execute a condemned person by shooting.
- a military detachment assigned to fire a salute at the burial of a person being honored.
Origin of firing squad
First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for firing squad
At the foot of the Hill of the Bells the firing-squad awaited them.Diplomatic Days
The calmest man in all Manila that day was he who must stand before the firing-squad.The Social Cancer
He was caught and met his deserts before a firing-squad in the Tower.The Cup of Fury
Before going out at dawn to face the firing-squad he was calm.Now It Can Be Told
He moved with the dignity of a hero who marches towards a wall to meet the bullets of a firing-squad.The Money Master, Complete
- a small military detachment formed to implement a death sentence by shooting
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