What does the word guillotine mean?

Usage examples for guillotine

  1. Her forefathers had mounted the guillotine smiling. – The Maids of Paradise by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
  2. The heads of many fell under the guillotine. – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake
  3. You are as beautiful as you are wicked, Roberta, Marquise of Grez and Bye, but you go to your death in a manner befitting a grande dame of your ancient house of France, whose daughters once showed the rabble how to approach a guillotine, costumed in magnificence. – The Daredevil by Maria Thompson Daviess