noun \ˈska-fəld also -ˌfōld\

: a temporary or movable platform or structure on which a person stands or sits while working high above the floor or ground

: a platform or structure on which criminals are killed by being hanged or beheaded

Full Definition of SCAFFOLD

a :  a temporary or movable platform for workers (as bricklayers, painters, or miners) to stand or sit on when working at a height above the floor or ground
b :  a platform on which a criminal is executed (as by hanging or beheading)
c :  a platform at a height above ground or floor level
:  a supporting framework

Examples of SCAFFOLD

  1. The condemned man was led to the scaffold.

Origin of SCAFFOLD

Middle English, from Anglo-French scaffald, alteration of Old French eschaafauz, escafaut, alteration of chaafaut, from Vulgar Latin *catafalicum — more at catafalque
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Building Terms

batten, cistern, hearth, lath, transom, wainscot


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Temporary platform used to elevate and support workers and materials during work on a structure or machine. It consists of one or more wooden planks and is supported by either a timber or a tubular steel or aluminum frame; bamboo is used in parts of Asia. Scaffolding may be raised and lowered by means of cables controlled by a ratchet or electric motor.


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