• WordNet 3.6
    • v garrote strangle with an iron collar "people were garrotted during the Inquisition in Spain"
    • n garrote an instrument of execution for execution by strangulation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Garrote A short length of rope or other instrument used to strangle a person.
    • n Garrote A Spanish mode of execution by strangulation, with an iron collar affixed to a post and tightened by a screw until life become extinct.
    • Garrote The instrument by means of which the garrote{1} is inflicted.
    • v. t Garrote To strangle with the garrote; hence, to seize by the throat, from behind, with a view to strangle and rob.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n garrote A mode of capital punishment practised in Spain and Portugal, formerly by simple strangulation. The victim is placed on a stool with a post or stake behind to which is affixed an iron collar controlled by a screw passing through the post; this collar is made to clasp the neck of the victim and is tightened by the action of the screw. As the instrument is now operated, the point of the screw is caused to protrude and pierce the spinal marrow at its junction with the brain, thus causing death.
    • n garrote The instrument by means of which this punishment is inflicted.
    • n garrote Strangulation by any means used in imitation of the garrote, and especially as a means of robbery. See garroting.
    • garrote To put to death by means of the garrote.—2. To strangle so as to render insensible or helpless, generally for the purpose of robbery. See garroting.
    • garrote To cheat in card-playing by concealing certain cards at the back of the neck: a mode of cheating practised among card-sharpers.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. garrote, from garra, claw, talon, of Celtic origin; cf. Armor. & W. gar, leg, ham, shank. Cf. Garrot stick, Garter


In literature:

We would suggest the garrote, bow and gun trap also as being very effective.
"Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making" by William Hamilton Gibson
And so the new Cabinet Minister has been garrotted in the street.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
He tore Myton's letter to bits, and refreshed his faith in the god of Things As They Are by garroting a mill in Texas.
"A Certain Rich Man" by William Allen White
They garrote people in the most barbarous manner out there now.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
He was apparently as familiar with the garrote as the knife.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
Before he was garroted, Atahualpa begged that his remains might be preserved at Quito with those of his mother's people.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
I am often told that whipping put an end to garroting.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
The garrote had been already erected in front of his gaol!
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
The methods of the garroter were quick, sure and silent.
"Danger! A True History of a Great City's Wiles and Temptations" by William Howe
Then he began to grow faint from lack of breath; he was nearly garroted by his collar.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day