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

Definition of scaffolding 

: a system of scaffolds also : material for scaffolds

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If genes are a blueprint for our bodies, omnigenetics suggests they’re drawn like an M.C. Escher drawing: Each part of the scaffolding connects to many others in mind-bendy ways. Brian Resnick, Vox, "How scientists are trying to predict your future with your genes," 23 Aug. 2018 Japanese construction workers don a tabi toe to maneuver on dangerous scaffolding. April Wolfe,, "The tortured history of action-film heroines and their high heels ('Jurassic World,' anyone?)," 22 June 2018 At the entrance to the Armory Show, opening March 8 in New York at Piers 92 and 94, a line of silhouetted figures rising 25 feet on scaffolding will be visible from the West Side Highway. Hilarie M. Sheets, New York Times, "At Armory Show, Global Art and a JR Installation Will Cover Two Piers," 7 Feb. 2018 One day a raven named Thor climbed up some repair scaffolding on the White Tower, the oldest structure. William Booth, The Seattle Times, "The secrets of the royal ravenmaster at the Tower of London," 26 Oct. 2018 Astrocytes are important all the time, but after a brain injury, the scaffolding runs the asylum. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 There’s one more element beyond cells and soup: scaffolding. Tamar Haspel, Vox, "Lab-grown meat and the fight over what it can be called, explained," 31 Aug. 2018 The blaze may have been caused by heating tools that had been placed on adjacent scaffolding and ignited the roof. Jesse Garza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church appears fit for restoration after devastating fire," 4 June 2018 There was plenty of pyro, confetti and slick choreography with a team of 16 dancers, who bungee-jumped on industrial scaffolding at one point. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Taylor Swift 'Reputation' tour launch: Star shows stadium she's ready for it," 9 May 2018

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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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