Guillotine

Definition of Guillotine

Guil´lo`tine`   Pronunciation: gĭl`lô`tēn´
n.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.
2.Any machine or instrument for cutting or shearing, resembling in its action a guillotine.
v. t.1.To behead with the guillotine.
[imp. & p. p. Guillotined ; p. pr. & vb. n. Guillotining.]

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