WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
scaf•fold /ˈskæfəld, -oʊld/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Buildinga raised platform for workers and materials.
- a raised platform on which a criminal is executed by hanging.
(skaf′əld, -ōld),USA pronunciation n.
- Buildinga 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.
- Buildingany raised framework.
- Buildinga suspended platform that is used by painters, window washers, and others for working on a tall structure, as a skyscraper.
- Metallurgyany piling or fusion of materials in a blast furnace, obstructing the flow of gases and preventing the uniform descent of the charge.
- Buildinga system of raised frameworks;
- Buildingto furnish with a scaffold or scaffolding.
- Buildingto support by or place on a scaffold.
- Old French escadafaut; akin to catafalque
- Middle English scaffot, skaffaut, scaffalde 1300–50
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scaffold /ˈskæfəld -fəʊld/ n
- 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
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French eschaffaut, from Vulgar Latin catafalicum (unattested); see catafalqueˈscaffolder n
- to provide with a scaffold
- to support by means of a scaffold