(Ex"e*cu`ter) n. One who performs or carries into effect. See Executor.
(Ex`e*cu"tion) n. [F. exécution, L. executio, exsecutio.]
1. The act of executing; a carrying into effect or to completion; performance; achievement; consummation; as,
the execution of a plan, a work, etc.
The excellence of the subject contributed much to the happiness of the execution.Dryden.
2. A putting to death as a legal penalty; death lawfully inflicted; as, the execution of a murderer.
A warrant for his execution.Shak.
3. The act of the mode of performing a work of art, of performing on an instrument, of engraving, etc.; as,
the execution of a statue, painting, or piece of music.
The first quality of execution is truth.Ruskin.
4. (Law) (a) The carrying into effect the judgment given in a court of law. (b) A judicial writ by which
an officer is empowered to carry a judgment into effect; final process. (c) The act of signing, and delivering
a legal instrument, or giving it the forms required to render it valid; as, the execution of a deed, or a will.
5. That which is executed or accomplished; effect; effective work; usually with do.
To do some fatal execution.Shak.
6. The act of sacking a town. [Obs.] Beau. & FL.
1. One who executes; an executer. Bacon.
2. One who puts to death in conformity to legal warrant, as a hangman.
(Ex*ec"u*tive) a. [Cf.F. exécutif.] Designed or fitted for execution, or carrying into effect; as,
executive talent; qualifying for, concerned with, or pertaining to, the execution of the laws or the conduct
of affairs; as, executive power or authority; executive duties, officer, department, etc.
In government, executive is distinguished from legislative and judicial; legislative being applied to the
organ or organs of government which make the laws; judicial, to that which interprets and applies the
laws; executive, to that which carries them into effect or secures their due performance.
(Ex*ec"u*tive), n. An impersonal title of the chief magistrate or officer who administers the
government, whether king, president, or governor; the governing person or body.
(Ex*ec"u*tive*ly), adv. In the way of executing or performing.
(Ex*ec"u*tor) n. [L. executor, exsecutor: cf. F. exécuteur. Cf. Executer.]
1. One who executes or performs; a doer; as, an executor of baseness. Shak.
2. An executioner. [Obs.]
Delivering o'er to executors pawShak.
The lazy, yawning drone.
3. (Law) The person appointed by a testator to execute his will, or to see its provisions carried into
effect, after his decease.