[skaf-uh l-ding, -ohl-]


a scaffold or system of scaffolds.
materials for scaffolds.

Nearby words

  1. scads,
  2. scaevola,
  3. scafell pike,
  4. scaffold,
  5. scaffold nail,
  6. scag,
  7. scagliola,
  8. scala,
  9. scala cordonata,
  10. scala tympani

Origin of scaffolding

1300–50; Middle English skaf(f)aldyng; see scaffold, -ing1


[skaf-uh ld, -ohld]


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 formsun·scaf·fold·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scaffolding



a scaffold or system of scaffolds
the building materials used to make scaffolds



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 (tr)

to provide with a scaffold
to support by means of a scaffold
Derived Formsscaffolder, noun

Word Origin for scaffold

C14: from Old French eschaffaut, from Vulgar Latin catafalicum (unattested); see catafalque

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Word Origin and History for scaffolding
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