Definition of firing squad noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


firing squad

BrE BrE//ˈfaɪərɪŋ skwɒd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaɪərɪŋ skwɑːd//
[countable + singular or plural verb, uncountable] Types of punishment
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a group of soldiers who are ordered to shoot and kill somebody who is found guilty of a crime He was executed by (a) firing squad. Many died in front of the firing squad. See related entries: Types of punishment
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: firing squad