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.
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- 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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