scaffold

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noun scaf·fold \ˈska-fəld also -ˌfōld\

Definition of scaffold

  1. 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 groundb :  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. 2 :  a supporting framework

Examples of scaffold in a Sentence

  1. The condemned man was led to the scaffold.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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SCAFFOLD Defined for English Language Learners

scaffold

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Definition of scaffold for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SCAFFOLD Defined for Kids

scaffold

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noun scaf·fold \ˈska-fəld\

Definition of scaffold for Students

  1. 1 :  a raised platform built as a support for workers and their tools and materials

  2. 2 :  a platform on which executions take place



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