electric chair

electric chair
noun Date: 1889 1. a chair used in legal electrocution 2. the penalty of death by electrocution

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • electric chair — chair used in the execution of criminals with sends an electrical shock through their body …   English contemporary dictionary

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