firing squad


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.

Nearby words

  1. firing line, on the,
  2. firing order,
  3. firing party,
  4. firing pin,
  5. firing range,
  6. firkin,
  7. firm,
  8. firmament,
  9. firmamental,
  10. firman

Origin of firing squad

First recorded in 1900–05

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British Dictionary definitions for firing squad

firing squad

noun

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