Meaning of gallows

gal•lows

Pronunciation: (gal'ōz, -uz), [key]
— pl. -lows•es, -lows.
  1. a wooden frame, consisting of a crossbeam on two uprights, on which condemned persons are executed by hanging.
  2. a similar structure from which something is suspended.
  3. execution by hanging: a crime deserving of the gallows.
  4. Also calleda support on the deck of a vessel, generally one of two or more, consisting of a crosspiece on two uprights, for spars, boats, etc.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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