Guillotine Definition

gĭlə-tēn, gēə-
guillotined, guillotines, guillotining
noun
guillotines
An instrument for beheading by means of a heavy blade dropped between two grooved uprights.
Webster's New World
An instrument, working on a similar principle, as for cutting paper.
Webster's New World
A method of limiting Parliamentary debate on a bill by voting at previously fixed times on specific sections of it.
Webster's New World

A device used for cutting stacks of paper to straight edges, usually by means of a hinged blade attached to a flat platform.

Wiktionary

A cloture; a motion that debate be ended and a vote taken.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
closure by compartment
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verb
guillotined, guillotines, guillotining
To behead with a guillotine.
Webster's New World
To cut with a guillotine or sharp blade.
American Heritage
To execute, cut or cut short (a person, a stack of paper or a debate) by use of a guillotine.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Guillotine

Noun

Singular:
guillotine
Plural:
guillotines

Origin of Guillotine

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

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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