scaf·fold·ing | \ˈska-fəl-diŋ, -ˌfōl-\

Definition of scaffolding 

: a system of scaffolds also : material for scaffolds

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Starch in a green plantain is a versatile scaffolding that can help create fluffy, creamy or shatteringly crisp textures, and sugar in a ripe plantain provides sweetness, stickiness, and fuel for turning golden brown when heated. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The science behind the skillets at Miss Ollie’s in Oakland," 16 May 2018 Up against a wall in the Amber Lab is a robot that bounces up and down a scaffolding like a piston. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Inside the Mad Lab That's Getting Robots to Walk and Jump Like Us," 14 June 2018 White scaffolding covers the burned out shell of the Grenfell Tower in West London on the day that hearings began into the fire. Joanna Sugden, WSJ, "Emotional Tributes Open First Phase of Inquiry Into London’s Grenfell Fire," 21 May 2018 This damn impressive creation started as a metal scaffolding before the bees filled in the rest with beeswax. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "This Tea Kettle was Made by 60,000 Bees," 24 Feb. 2015 The 300-foot long street that was mapped in the late 18th century is wide enough for a single lane of traffic, though passage has been blocked for years by construction scaffolding. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Developers of a Forgotten New York Alley Leverage History in Residential Influx," 13 June 2018 Workers will scale the scaffolding of the 210-foot-building to review and make necessary repairs to the monument's leaky roof. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Why there's scaffolding around much of the Indiana War Memorial," 13 July 2018 Conor Cummings, 20, died in 2015 after falling off the scaffolding of the Four Seasons hotel. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Man who fell to his death was thrill-seeker who shared snaps of his adventures on social media," 7 July 2018 An electrical failure caused the scaffolding to malfunction, reports say. Cliff Pinckard,, "Video shows Florida firefighters rescue men from side of high rise," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of scaffolding

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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one that holds something together

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