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guillotine

1 a method of capital punishment using a sharp blade which falls on the neck aided by the force of gravity.
2 a method of shortening a debate. See ACT OF PARLIAMENT.
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They grow in the basket of the guillotine, beside which the chief of police, Aristide Valentin, was standing not an hour before the murder.
The "sharp female newly-born, and called La Guillotine," was hardly known to him, or to the generality of people, by name.
This book tells of the history of the guillotine, covering a period of approximately two hundred years, from its conception, manufacture and first use in April 1792 all of the way through to its last use in September 1977, and eventual abolition in 1981.
One of France's greatest clams to fame is the invention of the guillotine and it quickly became not only an essential part of the horrors of the Revolution but a symbol of the Terror that was part of that Revolution.
But it was Alice who stole the show with his trademark guillotine routine.
Operating at speeds up to 120 cuts per minute the indexing motion of the guillotine provides straight cuts every time, with the ultrasonic cutting system providing a clean cut through savoury, biscuit, caramel and multi component products.
The Wheeler-Rex Model 1690 Guillotine Style Pipe Cutter is the first in a series of cutters for medium and high-density poly pipes.
But it was the introduction of the guillotine at the Place in April 1792 that served to lend an especially macabre quality to popular impressions of the site.
The company has six truck-mounted guillotine breakers (T8600s), seven roughterrain guillotines (8600s), and 11 multiple head breakers (MHBs).
Second, you get to select the method of your demise -- hanging, the guillotine or the firing squad.
These would set overall funding at EUR 15 billion, alter the "guillotine clause" while respecting the spheres of competence of the two institutions, enable a mid-term review to be carried out and allow progress to be made on other points.
The so-called "guillotine clause" proposes that if the amount earmarked for Framework 5 from 2000 to 2002 (that is ECU 9.64 billion) is out of step with the EU's medium-term financial perspective (the budget establishing the EU's financial resources for 2000-2006), it will be adjusted.