views updated Jun 11 2018

scaf·fold / ˈskafəld; -ˌfōld/ • n. 1. a raised wooden platform used formerly for the public execution of criminals.2. a structure made using scaffolding.• v. [tr.] attach scaffolding to (a building).DERIVATIVES: scaf·fold·er n.


views updated May 17 2018

scaffold raised platform or stage XIV; (for the execution of criminals) XVI. ME. scaffot, scaffald — AN. *scaffaut, OF. (e)schaffaut, mod. échafaud, earlier escadafaut :- Rom. *excatafalcum, f. EX1 + *catafalcum; see CATAFALQUE.
Hence scaffolding XIV.


views updated May 29 2018

1. Temporary platform or platforms supported on poles or trestles to support workers erecting, repairing, or painting a building.

2. Raised platform to enable orators to address a concourse of people.

3. Stage for a theatrical performance.

4. Elevated platform on which executions take place.

5. Raised platform on which the dead are placed.