electric chair

noun

Definition of electric chair

1 : a chair used in legal electrocution
2 : the penalty of death by electrocution

Examples of electric chair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

People put to death via the electric chair often suffered graphic burns, while those who were put into gas chambers visibly choked to death. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 Mortality was a perennial preoccupation, echoed in images of skulls, suicides and electric chairs. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "Warhol Takes New York, Again," 26 Oct. 2018 The last time Tennessee put someone to death by electric chair was 2007. Travis Loller, The Seattle Times, "Lawyer: Inmate’s choice of electric chair won’t buy him time," 9 Oct. 2018 Prior to the use of injections, other methods were used to execute incarcerated people: gas chambers, electric chairs, and firing squads. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 Nebraska has not executed an inmate since 1997, when the state’s method of execution was the electric chair. Washington Post, "Attorneys seek to spare ex-doctor from death for 4 slayings," 13 June 2018 Hays was sentenced to death and his 1997 execution in Alabama's electric chair was the first in the state since 1913 for a white-on-black crime. Leada Gore, AL.com, "'Last lynching in America' shocked Mobile in 1981, bankrupted the KKK," 26 Apr. 2018 The state’s last execution took place in 1997, using the electric chair. Washington Post, "Nebraska sets execution date for longest-serving inmate," 5 July 2018 The last scene still provokes me: the character sits at the end of the stage, hair shaved off, strapped down to the electric chair crying out to anyone to help her. Kt Hawbaker, Chicago Reader, "What were you watching, reading, or listening to when you first came out?," 15 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'electric chair.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of electric chair

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about electric chair

Share electric chair

Statistics for electric chair

Last Updated

9 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for electric chair

The first known use of electric chair was in 1883

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for electric chair

electric chair

noun

English Language Learners Definition of electric chair

: a special chair in which a criminal who has been sentenced to death is killed by using a strong electric current

electric chair

noun
elec·​tric chair

Legal Definition of electric chair

1 : a chair used in performing a legal electrocution
2 : the penalty of death by electrocution

More from Merriam-Webster on electric chair

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with electric chair

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about electric chair

Comments on electric chair

What made you want to look up electric chair? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

someone who never drinks alcohol

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!