Definition of scaffold noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈskæfəʊld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskæfoʊld//
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  1. 1a platform used when executing criminals by cutting off their heads or hanging them from a rope to die on the scaffold to be sent to the scaffold She was led to the scaffold in front of a crowd of several hundred
  2. 2a structure made of scaffolding, for workers to stand on when they are working on a building
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a temporary platform from which to repair or erect a building): from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French (e)schaffaut, from the base of catafalque.
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