a chair used to electrocute criminals sentenced to death.
the penalty of legal electrocution.
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Origin of electric chair
An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
Words nearby electric chair
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Example sentences from the Web for electric chair
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|Marvin Dana
British Dictionary definitions for electric chair
noun (in the US)
- an electrified chair for executing criminals
- the electric chair execution by this method
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