Guillotine meaning

gĭlə-tēn, gēə-
A device consisting of a heavy blade held aloft between upright guides and dropped to behead a person condemned to die.
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An instrument for beheading by means of a heavy blade dropped between two grooved uprights.
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An instrument, such as a paper cutter, similar in action to a guillotine.
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To behead with a guillotine.
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To cut with a guillotine or sharp blade.
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An instrument, working on a similar principle, as for cutting paper.
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A method of limiting Parliamentary debate on a bill by voting at previously fixed times on specific sections of it.
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To behead with a guillotine.
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A machine used for the application of capital punishment by decapitation, consisting of a tall upright frame from which is suspended a heavy diagonal-edged blade.
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A device used for cutting stacks of paper to straight edges, usually by means of a hinged blade attached to a flat platform.
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A cloture; a motion that debate be ended and a vote taken.
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To execute, cut or cut short (a person, a stack of paper or a debate) by use of a guillotine.
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Origin of guillotine

  • French after Joseph Ignace Guillotin (1738–1814), French physician

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French guillotine, after Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, who proposed its use for capital punishment.

    From Wiktionary