The guillotine was a device used for carrying out executions by decapitation. It consists of a tall upright frame from which a blade is suspended. This blade is raised with a rope and then allowed to drop, severing the victim’s head from his or her body.
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The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia (New York, NY: The Century Co., 1889)