WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
scaf•fold /ˈskæfəld, -oʊld/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Buildinga raised platform for workers and materials.
  2. a raised platform on which a criminal is executed by hanging.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
scaf•fold  (skafəld, -ōld),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Buildinga temporary structure for holding workers and materials during the erection, repair, or decoration of a building.
  2. an elevated platform on which a criminal is executed, usually by hanging.
  3. a raised platform or stage for exhibiting spectacles, seating spectators, etc.
  4. Buildingany raised framework.
  5. Buildinga suspended platform that is used by painters, window washers, and others for working on a tall structure, as a skyscraper.
  6. Metallurgyany piling or fusion of materials in a blast furnace, obstructing the flow of gases and preventing the uniform descent of the charge.
  7. Buildinga system of raised frameworks;

  1. Buildingto furnish with a scaffold or scaffolding.
  2. Buildingto support by or place on a scaffold.
  • Old French escadafaut; akin to catafalque
  • Middle English scaffot, skaffaut, scaffalde 1300–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
scaffold /ˈskæfəld -fəʊld/ n
  1. 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
  2. a raised wooden platform on which plays are performed, tobacco, etc, is dried, or (esp formerly) criminals are executed
vb (transitive)
  1. to provide with a scaffold
  2. to support by means of a scaffold
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French eschaffaut, from Vulgar Latin catafalicum (unattested); see catafalque

ˈscaffolder n
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