firing squad

fir·ing squad
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fahyuh r-ing skwod]
    • /ˈfaɪər ɪŋ skwɒd/
    • /ˈfaɪə.rɪŋ skwɒd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fahyuh r-ing skwod]
    • /ˈfaɪər ɪŋ skwɒd/

Definitions of firing squad words

  • noun firing squad a military detachment assigned to execute a condemned person by shooting. 1
  • noun firing squad a military detachment assigned to fire a salute at the burial of a person being honored. 1
  • noun firing squad soldiers: carry out execution 1
  • countable noun firing squad A firing squad is a group of soldiers who are ordered to shoot and kill a person who has been found guilty of committing a crime. 0
  • noun firing squad a small military detachment formed to implement a death sentence by shooting 0
  • noun firing squad a group of soldiers detailed to shoot someone to death 0

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Origin of firing squad

First appearance:

before 1900
One of the 17% newest English words
First recorded in 1900-05

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Parts of speech for Firing squad


firing squad popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 36% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 67% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

firing squad usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for firing squad

noun firing squad

  • fusillade — a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms.
  • firing party — a military detachment detailed to fire a salute at a funeral

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