scaf·​fold | \ ˈska-fəld also -ˌfōld How to pronounce scaffold (audio) \

Definition of scaffold

1a : a temporary or movable platform for workers (such 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
2 : a supporting framework

Examples of scaffold in a Sentence

The condemned man was led to the scaffold.

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Who managed to bring forth, upon that unworthy scaffold, a tale about the state of the nation, about the place of the black peoples within that nation, and his own place within both. Zadie Smith, The New Yorker, "Stormzy at Glastonbury: King Michael Wears His Crown," 2 July 2019 His model suggested that condensin II molecules assembled into a helical scaffold, as in the famous Leonardo staircase found in the Chambord Castle in France. Quanta Magazine, "How Cells Pack Tangled DNA Into Neat Chromosomes," 22 Feb. 2018 On Saturday, a man fell to his death after attaching a banner protesting the extradition bill to a scaffold at Pacific Place mall, near the legislature. Wenxin Fan, WSJ, "Hong Kong Marchers Flood Streets Over Extradition Bill," 16 June 2019 The scaffold then becomes a permanent addition to the architecture of mathematics. Quanta Magazine, "The Subtle Art of the Mathematical Conjecture," 7 May 2019 The swing-stage scaffold malfunctioned or broke, ending up vertical rather than horizontal. Liam Ford,, "2 workers rescued after high-rise scaffold breaks on Far North Side," 7 June 2019 In preparation for today's rollout, Scaled Composites spent the past weeks disassembling a three-story scaffold that surrounded the aircraft during construction. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Paul Allen's Enormous Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft Rolls Out of Hangar for First Time," 31 May 2017 And carpentry means being comfortable on ladders, scaffolds, sloping rooftops, and scissors lifts, and crawling through attics and crawl spaces. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 Patient Andemariam Beyene died after the implant, a polymer scaffold seeded with his own stem cells, failed. Gretchen Vogel, Science | AAAS, "University declines to sanction doctor who referred patient for deadly transplant," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of scaffold

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for scaffold

Middle English, from Anglo-French scaffald, alteration of Old French eschaafauz, escafaut, alteration of chaafaut, from Vulgar Latin *catafalicum — more at catafalque

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English Language Learners Definition of scaffold

: 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


scaf·​fold | \ ˈska-fəld How to pronounce scaffold (audio) \

Kids Definition of scaffold

1 : a raised platform built as a support for workers and their tools and materials
2 : a platform on which executions take place

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