gallows

[ gal-ohz, -uhz ]
/ ˈgæl oʊz, -əz /

noun, plural gal·lows·es, gal·lows.

a wooden frame, consisting of a crossbeam on two uprights, on which condemned persons are executed by hanging.
a similar structure from which something is suspended.
execution by hanging: a crime deserving of the gallows.
Also called gallows bitts .Nautical. a support on the deck of a vessel, generally one of two or more, consisting of a crosspiece on two uprights, for spars, boats, etc.

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Origin of gallows

before 900; Middle English galwes,Old English g(e)algan, plural of g(e)alga gallows; cognate with German Galgen
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gallows
/ (ˈɡæləʊz) /

noun plural -lowses or -lows

a wooden structure usually consisting of two upright posts with a crossbeam from which a rope is suspended, used for hanging criminals
any timber structure resembling this, such as (in Australia and New Zealand) a frame for hoisting up the bodies of slaughtered cattle
the gallows execution by hanging

Word Origin for gallows

C13: from Old Norse galgi, replacing Old English gealga; related to Old High German galgo
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