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n. beheading device with a sharp blade which slides vertically in grooves (used mainly during the French Revolution);(British) paper cutter
v. put to death by guillotine (device for beheading)
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The guillotine ( or ; ) is a device used for carrying out s by decapitation. It consists of a tall upright frame from which an angled blade is suspended. This blade is raised with a rope, and the condemned then places his or her head beneath it. The blade then falls rapidly, severing the head from the body. The device is noted for long being the main method of execution in France and, more particularly, for its use during the French Revolution, when it "became a part of popular culture, celebrated as the people's avenger by supporters of the Revolution and vilified as the pre-eminent symbol of the Reign of Terror by opponents." In spite of being primarily associated with the French Revolution, the guillotine continued to be used long after the French Revolution in several countries, including France, where it was the sole method of execution until the abolition of capital punishment in 1981.
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1. closure imposed on the debate of specific sections of a bill
(synonym) closure by compartment
(hypernym) closure, cloture, gag rule, gag law
2. instrument of execution that consists of a weighted blade between two vertical poles; used for beheading people
(hypernym) instrument of execution
1. kill by cutting the head off with a guillotine; "The French guillotined many Vietnamese while they occupied the country"
(hypernym) decapitate, behead
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nf. guillotine, beheading device with a sharp blade which slides vertically in grooves
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nf. guillotine, beheading device with a sharp blade which slides vertically in grooves (used mainly during the French Revolution)
v. guillotine, put to death by guillotine (device for beheading)
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