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[skaf-uh ld, -ohld] /ˈskæf əld, -oʊld/
a temporary structure for holding workers and materials during the erection, repair, or decoration of a building.
an elevated platform on which a criminal is executed, usually by hanging.
a raised platform or stage for exhibiting spectacles, seating spectators, etc.
any raised framework.
a suspended platform that is used by painters, window washers, and others for working on a tall structure, as a skyscraper.
Metallurgy. any piling or fusion of materials in a blast furnace, obstructing the flow of gases and preventing the uniform descent of the charge.
a system of raised frameworks; scaffolding.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with a scaffold or scaffolding.
to support by or place on a scaffold.
Origin of scaffold
1300-50; Middle English scaffot, skaffaut, scaffalde < Old French escadafaut; akin to catafalque
Related forms
unscaffolded, adjective Unabridged
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  • Fra Silvestro, the imbecile, was the first taken to the scaffold.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
  • It's right for men to die fighting, or die on the scaffold if need be.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • The mob came only to the foot of the scaffold though, from where they seemed satisfied to see the law take its course.

  • But Juve had flung Fandor aside and sprang towards the scaffold.

    Fantmas Pierre Souvestre
  • I have relieved the world of a monster, and now I am ready to receive my reward, even if it be the scaffold.

  • The scaffold was erected in front of the building where sat the States General.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2) Edmondo de Amicis
  • Close by the scaffold stood Robert Livingston, a citizen who had always been strongly opposed to Leisler.

    The Story of Manhattan Charles Hemstreet
British Dictionary definitions for scaffold


/ˈskæfəld; -fəʊld/
a temporary metal or wooden framework that is used to support workmen and materials during the erection, repair, etc, of a building or other construction
a raised wooden platform on which plays are performed, tobacco, etc, is dried, or (esp formerly) criminals are executed
verb (transitive)
to provide with a scaffold
to support by means of a scaffold
Derived Forms
scaffolder, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French eschaffaut, from Vulgar Latin catafalicum (unattested); see catafalque
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Word Origin and History for scaffold

mid-14c., "wooden framework used in building, etc., temporary structure for workmen to make walls," a shortening of an Old North French variant of Old French eschafaut "scaffold" (Modern French échafaud), probably altered (by influence of eschace "a prop, support") from chaffaut, from Vulgar Latin *catafalicum (see catafalque). Meaning "platform for a hanging" is from 1550s. Dutch schavot, German Schafott, Danish skafot are from French. As a verb from 1540s.

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