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From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ex·e·cute v. t. [imp. & p. p. Executed p. pr. & vb. n. Executing ]
 1. To follow out or through to the end; to carry out into complete effect; to complete; to finish; to effect; to perform.
 Why delays
 His hand to execute what his decree
 Fixed on this day?   --Milton.
 2. To complete, as a legal instrument; to perform what is required to give validity to, as by signing and perhaps sealing and delivering; as, to execute a deed, lease, mortgage, will, etc.
 3. To give effect to; to do what is provided or required by; to perform the requirements or stipulations of; as, to execute a decree, judgment, writ, or process.
 4. To infect capital punishment on; to put to death in conformity to a legal sentence; as, to execute a traitor.
 5. To put to death illegally; to kill. [Obs.]
 6. Mus. To perform, as a piece of music or other feat of skill, whether on an instrument or with the voice, or in any other manner requiring physical activity; as, to execute a difficult part brilliantly; to execute a coup; to execute a double play.
 Syn: -- To accomplish; effect; fulfill; achieve; consummate; finish; complete. See Accomplish.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : put to death as punishment; "claimed the body of the
            executed traitor"