- a chair used to electrocute criminals sentenced to death.
- the penalty of legal electrocution.
Origin of electric chair
An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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He broke off, with a wave of his hand toward the man who had just sentenced himself to death in the electric-chair.Within the Law
- an electrified chair for executing criminals
- the electric chairexecution by this method
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