Definition of Firing squad

1. Noun. A squad formed to fire volleys at a military funeral or to carry out a military execution.

Exact synonyms: Firing Party
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Generic synonyms: Squad

Definition of Firing squad

1. Noun. A group of soldiers or paramilitaries detailed to execute someone, usually by rifle shot, or to discharge their weapons ceremonially at a funeral. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Firing Squad

firing away
firing chamber
firing line
firing mechanism
firing off
firing party
firing pin
firing pins
firing range
firing ranges
firing squad (current term)
firing squads
firing up

Literary usage of Firing squad

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Politics of Industry: A Foot-note to the Social Unrest by Glenn Frank (1919)
"... ethics—Business leadership and the social unrest—The menace of the firing-squad mind—Twenty business men and a Magna Charta for American industry. ..."

2. "Over the Top" by Arthur Guy Empey (1917)
"CHAPTER XXIV THE firing squad A FEW days later I had orders to report back to *» Divisional Headquarters, about thirty kilos behind the line. ..."

3. "Ladies from Hell," by Robert Douglas Pinkerton (1918)
"Fear of the firing squad, in all probability, keeps few men from showing cowardice. I honestly believe that the honor of the regiment and the fear of what ..."

4. Patriotic Illustrations for Public Speakers by William Herbert Brown (1919)
"SPIES THE firing squad. This poem by Capt. ... Come on with the firing squad." WEAR UNIFORMS OF THE DEAD. One method of the Germans in deceiving their ..."

5. War Crimes in Bosnia-Hercegovina by Helsinki Watch (Organization : U.S.), Helsinki Watch, Helsinki Watch (Organization : U.S., Ivana Nizich (1993)
"firing squad. They threatened to execute me the first time because I slipped a piece of bread to a fifteen-year-old prisoner. On the second occasion, ..."

6. Under the Red Patch: Story of the Sixty Third Regiment, Pennslvania by Gilbert Adams Hays (1908)
"The twelve guns used by the firing squad are loaded by a ... As soon as the firing squad had taken its position, the Chaplain retired and the officer gave ..."

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