- 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.
- 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 of scaffoldMiddle English scafald ; from Old French escafalt ; from es- (L ex-, out) + Vulgar Latin an unverified form catafalicum: see catafalque
- 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.
transitive verbscaf·fold·ed, scaf·fold·ing, scaf·folds
- To provide or support with a raised framework or platform.
- To place on a raised framework or platform.
Origin of scaffoldMiddle English, from Medieval Latin scaffaldus, of Old French origin.
(third-person singular simple present scaffolds, present participle scaffolding, simple past and past participle scaffolded)
- To set up a scaffolding; to surround a building with scaffolding.
Middle English scaffold, scaffalde, from Medieval Latin scaffaldus, from Old French eschaffaut, escadafaut (“platform to see a tournament”), from Late Latin scadafaltum, from ex- + *cadafaltum, catafalcum (“view-stage”), from Old Italian *catare (“to view, see”) + falco (“a stage”), a variant of balco (“stage, beam, balk”), from Lombardic palko, palcho (“scaffold, balk, beam”), from Proto-Germanic *balkô (“beam, rafter”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhelg- (“beam, plank”). Akin to Old High German balco, balcho (“scaffold, balk, beam”). More at catafalque, balcony, balk.