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1.  a.  a device for beheading persons, consisting of a weighted blade set between two upright posts
 b.  the guillotine execution by this instrument
2.  a device for cutting or trimming sheet material, such as paper or sheet metal, consisting of a blade inclined at a small angle that descends onto the sheet
3.  a surgical instrument for removing tonsils, growths in the throat, etc
4.  Also called: closure by compartment (in Parliament, etc) a form of closure under which a bill is divided into compartments, groups of which must be completely dealt with each day
5.  to behead (a person) by guillotine
6.  (in Parliament, etc) to limit debate on (a bill, motion, etc) by the guillotine
[C18: from French, named after Joseph Ignace Guillotin (1738--1814), French physician, who advocated its use in 1789]

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