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Meaning of GUILLOTINE

Pronunciation:  [n]'gilu`teen, [v]`gilu'teen, 'gilu`teen

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  instrument of execution that consists of a weighted blade between two vertical poles; used for beheading people
  2. [n]  closure imposed on the debate of specific sections of a bill
  3. [v]  kill by cutting the head off with a guillotine; "The French guillotined many Vietnamese while they occupied the country"
 

GUILLOTINE is a 10 letter word that starts with G.

 

 Synonyms: closure by compartment
 
 See Also: behead, closure, cloture, decapitate, gag rule, instrument of execution

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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.
    
    2. Any machine or instrument for cutting or shearing,
       resembling in its action a guillotine.
    
    
  2. \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.
    
    
 
Dream Dictionary
 
 Definition: Seeing a guillotine in your dream, symbolizes anger, hostility and the eruption of strong emotions. It may suggest that you are not using your head and that you need to think things through before you act. You have failed to use your better judgment.
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: 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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