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GUILLOTINE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does guillotine mean? 

GUILLOTINE (noun)
  The noun GUILLOTINE has 2 senses:

1. closure imposed on the debate of specific sections of a bill
2. instrument of execution that consists of a weighted blade between two vertical poles; used for beheading people

  Familiarity information: GUILLOTINE used as a noun is rare.


GUILLOTINE (verb)
  The verb GUILLOTINE has 1 sense:

1. kill by cutting the head off with a guillotine

  Familiarity information: GUILLOTINE used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


GUILLOTINE (noun)


Sense 1guillotine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Closure imposed on the debate of specific sections of a bill

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

closure by compartment; guillotine

Hypernyms ("guillotine" is a kind of...):

closure; cloture; gag law; gag rule (a rule for limiting or ending debate in a deliberative body)


Sense 2guillotine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Instrument of execution that consists of a weighted blade between two vertical poles; used for beheading people

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("guillotine" is a kind of...):

instrument of execution (an instrument designed and used to take the life of a condemned person)


GUILLOTINE (verb)


Sense 1guillotine [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kill by cutting the head off with a guillotine

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

The French guillotined many Vietnamese while they occupied the country

Hypernyms (to "guillotine" is one way to...):

behead; decapitate; decollate (cut the head of)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They want to guillotine the prisoners


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