verb (used with object), guil·lo·tined, guil·lo·tin·ing.
Origin of guillotine
Related formsun·guil·lo·tined, adjective
Examples from the Web for guillotine
The main approaches to execution since the guillotine have been hanging, the firing squad, and the electric chair.
Wasn't the original name of “The Queen is Dead” “Margaret on the Guillotine”?
There was actually a song called “Margaret on the Guillotine.”
Its heart is in the French Revolution, but so is the guillotine.
From Vampires to the Guillotine: The Dead in European History.
Songs are like the guillotine; they chop away indifferently, to-day this head, to-morrow that.Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
The guillotine is nothing to the bits of quivering flesh he tears out.Ginger-Snaps|Fanny Fern
If you don't accept that you are damned; the Chesterton guillotine has clicked on you.Books and Persons|Arnold Bennett
Was it not always supposed that the guillotine is merciful, because quick in annihilation?Guy Livingstone;|George A. Lawrence
The guillotine spared neither sex who had incurred the suspicions of enthroned democracy.Hortense, Makers of History Series|John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for guillotine
- a device for beheading persons, consisting of a weighted blade set between two upright posts
- the guillotine execution by this instrument
verb (ˌɡɪləˈtiːn) (tr)
Derived Formsguillotiner, noun
Word Origin for guillotine
Medicine definitions for guillotine
Culture definitions for guillotine
A machine designed for beheading people quickly and with minimal pain. The guillotine, which used a large falling knife blade, was devised by a physician, Joseph Guillotin, during the French Revolution and was used as the official method of execution in France until the twentieth century.