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guillotine guil·lo·tine (gĭl'ə-tēn', gē'ə-)
A ring-shaped instrument with a sliding knifeblade running through it, used in cutting off an enlarged tonsil.
A machine designed for beheading people quickly and with minimal pain. The guillotine, which used a large falling knife blade, was devised by a physician, Joseph Guillotin, during the French Revolution and was used as the official method of execution in France until the twentieth century.