Origin of scaffolding
- 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.
- to furnish with a scaffold or scaffolding.
- to support by or place on a scaffold.
Origin of scaffold
Examples from the Web for scaffolding
Today the church is wrapped in scaffolding and metal ribbons are holding its façade in place until someone pays to repair it.Madonna, Carla Bruni & Obama Abandoned Pledges To Rebuild L'Aquila After The Quake
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 18, 2014
“As you all know, we had a scaffolding incident here at One World Trade Center,” he now said.Rescue at One World Trade Center
November 13, 2014
Even when a skeleton displays no evidence of disability, it might have been the scaffolding for an unhealthy body.Living With Disability in the Dark Ages
July 22, 2014
She was walking down the scaffolding, with all the lights in front of her.Anthony Cumia: ‘I Have No Regrets’
July 9, 2014
And, of course, scaffolding and portaloos dripping with paint—which will house the Comme des Garçons collection.From Prada Mural Coats to Dover Street, Fashion’s Art Moment
February 10, 2014
But it is only being built, and there is nothing but scaffolding there yet.My Double Life
The intellect itself is but the scaffolding for the uprearing of the spiritual nature.A Dish Of Orts
High on his scaffolding raised, Pordenone wrought at his frescos.Poems
William D. Howells
He had a scaffolding erected for this purpose in the cathedral.The Phantom World
I am told that the scaffolding is already up in St. James' Square.Is He Popenjoy?
- 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
- to provide with a scaffold
- to support by means of a scaffold
Word Origin and History for scaffolding
"temporary support," mid-14c.; see 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.