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Definition of GUILLOTINE

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Guillotine \Guil"lo*tine`\ (g[i^]l`l[-o]*t[=e]n"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Guillotined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Guillotining}.] [Cf. F. guillotiner.] To behead with the guillotine. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Guillotine \Guil"lo*tine`\ (g[i^]l"l[-o]*t[=e]n`), n. [F., from Guillotin, a French physician, who proposed, in the Constituent Assembly of 1789, to abolish decapitation with the ax or sword. The instrument was invented by Dr. Antoine Louis, and was called at first {Louison} or {Louisette}. Similar machines, however, were known earlier.]
     1. A machine for beheading a person by one stroke of a heavy ax or blade, which slides in vertical guides, is raised by a cord, and let fall upon the neck of the victim. [1913 Webster]

     2. Any machine or instrument for cutting or shearing, resembling in its action a guillotine. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

72 Moby Thesaurus words for "guillotine": ax, behead, beheading, block, bowstring, burn, burning, capital punishment, cloture, cloture by compartment, cross, crucifixion, crucify, death chair, death chamber, decapitate, decapitation, decollate, decollation, defenestrate, defenestration, drop, electric chair, electrocute, electrocution, execute, execution, fusillade, gallows, gallows-tree, garrote, gas chamber, gassing, gibbet, halter, hanging, head, hemlock, hemp, hempen collar, hot seat, inflict capital punishment, judicial murder, kangaroo cloture, lapidate, lapidation, lethal chamber, maiden, necktie party, noose, poisoning, put to death, rope, scaffold, shoot, shooting, stake, stem, stone, stoning, strangle, strangling, strangulation, the ax, the block, the chair, the gallows, the gas chamber, the guillotine, the hot seat, the rope, tree


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