- The definition of a scaffold is a temporary wooden platform that workers can stand on when they are doing work, or a raised platform on which a criminal can be publicly executed.
- An example of a scaffold is a raised wooden structure built around a building that window washers stand on in order to wash windows on high floors.
- An example of a scaffold is a large raised wooden platform that criminals were publicly executed on during the French Revolution.
A window washer on a scaffold.
scaffold definition by Webster's New World
- a temporary wooden or metal framework for supporting workmen and materials during the erecting, repairing, or painting of a building, etc.
- a raised platform on which criminals are executed, as by hanging
- a temporary wooden stage or platform, as that on which medieval plays were presented
- any raised framework
Origin: Middle English scafald ; from Old French escafalt ; from es- (L ex-, out) plush Vulgar Latin an unverified form catafalicum: see catafalque
scaffold definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A temporary platform, either supported from below or suspended from above, on which workers sit or stand when performing tasks at heights above the ground.
- A raised wooden framework or platform.
- A platform used in the execution of condemned prisoners, as by hanging or beheading.
- To provide or support with a raised framework or platform.
- To place on a raised framework or platform.
Origin: Middle English, from Medieval Latin scaffaldus, of Old French origin.