Meaning of scaffold

scaf•fold

Pronunciation: (skaf'uld, -ōld), [key]
— n.
  1. a temporary structure for holding workers and materials during the erection, repair, or decoration of a building.
  2. an elevated platform on which a criminal is executed, usually by hanging.
  3. a raised platform or stage for exhibiting spectacles, seating spectators, etc.
  4. any raised framework.
  5. a suspended platform that is used by painters, window washers, and others for working on a tall structure, as a skyscraper.
  6. any piling or fusion of materials in a blast furnace, obstructing the flow of gases and preventing the uniform descent of the charge.
  7. a system of raised frameworks; scaffolding.
—v.t.
  1. to furnish with a scaffold or scaffolding.
  2. to support by or place on a scaffold.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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