electric chair


a chair used to electrocute criminals sentenced to death.
the penalty of legal electrocution.

Nearby words

  1. electric arc welding,
  2. electric blanket,
  3. electric blue,
  4. electric catfish,
  5. electric cell,
  6. electric charge,
  7. electric circuit,
  8. electric constant,
  9. electric current,
  10. electric dipole moment

Origin of electric chair

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75

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Examples 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

electric chair

noun (in the US)

  1. an electrified chair for executing criminals
  2. the electric chairexecution by this method
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