What does the word behead mean?

Usage examples for behead

  1. The vizier turned sadly away and ordered his djelat to behead Prince Stephan. – Hero Tales and Legends of the Serbians by Woislav M. Petrovitch
  2. Do not behead Scherezade! – Pictures of Sweden by Hans Christian Andersen
  3. At last a thought came to him to send for his headsman, and inquire of him particularly, Did he behead his son, or was he alive? – More English Fairy Tales by Various