Definition of firing squad in English:

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firing squad

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noun

1A group of soldiers detailed to shoot a condemned person.
Example sentences
  • They went through the farce of a court martial and were then shot by a firing squad.
  • The American and Spanish ministers made unsuccessful appeals for postponement of her execution in Germany, and she was shot by a firing squad on October 12, 1915.
  • Then the commander of the firing squad went forward and shot each in the forehead.
1.1US A group of soldiers detailed to fire the salute at a military funeral.
Example sentences
  • At our memorial day parade, there were 3 senior members that were asked by the commander of the foreign legion to do the firing squad for the rifle salutes.
  • Taps will be played either by a bugler or by recording, and a three-volley salute, sometimes referred to as a twenty one gun salute, will be held by a firing squad.

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Syllabification: fir·ing squad

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