scaf·​fold·​ing | \ ˈska-fəl-diŋ How to pronounce scaffolding (audio) , -ˌfōl- \

Definition of scaffolding

: a system of scaffolds also : material for scaffolds

Examples of scaffolding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web PodShare spaces, by the way, remind me of minimalist Broadway sets made from scaffolding. Los Angeles Times, "Why are these L.A. people sleeping in pods stacked on top of each other? It’s not just the cost of housing," 12 Oct. 2019 In a nearby town, Kangle, a nervous Hui surveys another mosque with scaffolding on its minarets. The Economist, "China’s repression of Islam is spreading beyond Xinjiang," 26 Sep. 2019 The death of a man who fell from scaffolding after unfurling a protest banner late Saturday injected additional emotional weight into the demonstrations. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters Return to the Streets, Rejecting Leader’s Apology," 16 June 2019 An area with scaffolding that allowed inspectors to get on top of the trucks to inspect shipments was taken down. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "Toxic soil went from SF’s Hunters Point to state landfills, ex-workers say," 22 Apr. 2018 Fire continued to smolder onboard two mega-yachts in a Fort Lauderdale marina on Sunday as a crane operator worked feverishly to remove the scaffolding blocking firefighters from boarding the vessels. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Blaze that destroyed two superyachts is most expensive fire loss in Fort Lauderdale history, officials say," 17 Nov. 2019 Once the scaffolding comes down and construction crews move on, the new Beckford House and Tower condominium buildings now taking shape on Manhattan’s Upper East Side could easily be mistaken for structures built nearly a century ago. Tim Mckeough, New York Times, "The Return of Golden Age Design," 18 Oct. 2019 Desserts were being reinterpreted, deconstructed and reconstructed on tall scaffoldings made of spun sugar, airy mousses and puff pastry. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "A Pastry Chef’s Book, and Life, Start Again," 5 Nov. 2019 Kigali created the legislative scaffolding to help women rise, and is now working on empowering women and girls within their homes, but can change be achieved without robust top-down implementation and enforcement? Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "How women are stepping up to remake Rwanda," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of scaffolding

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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11 Dec 2019

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“Scaffolding.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of scaffolding

: the metal poles and wooden boards that are used to build or support a scaffold (sense 1)

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