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

Definition of scaffolding

: a system of scaffolds also : material for scaffolds

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The Anglo-Saxons covered Stonehenge with filthy scaffolding for 350 years. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Skip the Selfie and Run: Busy Locales Get Tough With Tourists," 31 May 2018 Their model proposal envisions a kind of open scaffolding into which, once the cars are gone, pod-like living units can be inserted. Michael J. Lewis, WSJ, "‘The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility’ Review: Future Imperfect," 10 Jan. 2019 The divisions are the scaffolding for a deeply partisan reception to whatever the investigation finds. Emily Guskin, Washington Post, "Trump is battling Mueller investigation to a draw in court of public opinion," 12 July 2018 Today, New York’s ever-present sidewalk scaffolding is her most visible legacy. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Columbia University Is Cited for a Cracked Building Facade, Inviting Memories of a 1979 Death," 4 June 2018 The exterior was covered in scaffolding–which is not great for photos. Allix Cott, Harper's BAZAAR, "Taking Vows in Venice: Emily & Robert’s Chic Italian Nuptials," 9 June 2017 Stand-alone scaffolding and an idle cherry picker, essential construction tools in Barlow’s practice, hardly look out of place in this artistic junkyard. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "Phyllida Barlow’s Supersize Sculptures Will Soon Arrive in New York," 9 Oct. 2018 Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office investigators and fire officials inspected the scaffolding and the ground around it. Michelle Hunter,, "'It sounded like an explosion': 6 shocked by power line at Metairie hotel," 19 Apr. 2018 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

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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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an act or instance of returning to life

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