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noun 
  1. A machine used for the application of capital punishment by decapitation, consisting of a tall upright frame from which is suspended a heavy diagonal-edged blade.
  2. A machine used for cutting stacks of paper to straight edges, usually by means of a hinged blade attached to a flat platform.
  3. A cloture; a motion that debate be ended and a vote taken.
verb (guillotin, ing)
  1. (transitive) To execute, cut or cut short (a person, a stack of paper or a debate) by use of a guillotine.
Etymology: After w:Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, who proposed its use for capital punishment.


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