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noun

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.

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Origin of firing squad

First recorded in 1900–05
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firing squad

noun

a small military detachment formed to implement a death sentence by shooting
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