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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A detachment assigned to shoot persons condemned to death.
  • n. A detachment of soldiers chosen to fire a salute at a military funeral.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a squad formed to fire volleys at a military funeral or to carry out a military execution

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