Guillotine - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɡɪlətiːn|  American pronunciation of the word guillotine
Brit.  |ˈɡɪlətiːn|  British pronunciation of the word guillotine


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


- kill by cutting the head off with a guillotine


Guillotine is a machine for breaking iron with a falling weight.

Abscission may be performed by means of knives, scissors, or guillotines.

Then the edges are guillotined.

Opposition leaders accused the government of introducing a guillotine motion to stifle debate.

The French guillotined many Vietnamese while they occupied the country

Word forms

I/you/we/they: guillotine
he/she/it: guillotines
present participle: guillotining
past tense: guillotined
past participle: guillotined
singular: guillotine
plural: guillotines
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